FCC TO REQUIRE ANTI-PIRACY FEATURES IN DIGITAL TVS, VCRS

Jim Nantz jnantz at INFICAD.COM
Wed Sep 20 02:43:51 MDT 2000


Let the Failed Clown College try.  All they will do is make the process
of copying a movie difficult for those who don't know what they're
doing.  There are many people out there who know how to pirate software
already.  These days movies and music are just so much software.  One
piece of software does your taxes and another just happens to be your
favorite movie.

DVDs use an encryption scheme as an attempt to defeat piracy.  I believe
it's called CSS.  Go out on the web and do a search for deCSS.  Even
though a movie may be protected there will be a patch out there on the net
that will allow anyone with a computer to make as many copies as they want
of something that's supposedly copy protected.

Right now the one big reason that you don't see lots of pirated DVDs is
that it's cheaper to buy the DVD than to buy a blank one and make a copy.



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