Fabian.Rodriguez at canonical.com
Mon Sep 22 09:18:18 BST 2008
Gavin McCullagh wrote:
> Most movies sold on DVD are encrypted using a scheme called CSS. [...]
> Load this link and go to the section headed "Install libdvdcss2 and w32
> video codecs in Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron)" and all should become a little
Hmmm... no need to add third-party unsupported repositories for DVD
playback in Hardy 8.04.1 LTS.
Remember depending on where you're doing this it may not be legal. This
is may be of particular in terest in an educational environment.
Although getting a license for codecs from Fluendo may help with most
media formats, I am not aware of a DVD playback license you could get
the same way. See:
Although I am not a lawyer, the closest I'd see to having a legal way to
watch such movies in a large Edubuntu install if you have indeed rights
for public screening, etc. for such DVDs would be to encode them in the
Ogg Theora free format. Thoggen (package name thoggen) and ffmpeg2theora
will help, you would still have to install libdvdcss on at least one
system to perform the conversion or do the conversion on a system that
has licensed DVD playback (most DVD readed on Windows come with such
licenses in their software).
I believe Copyright law here in Canada has provisions for such
exceptions (ie. conversion of a format), however check your local laws.
Fabian Rodriguez, Ubuntu Systems Senior Support Analyst
Canonical Ltd., Global Support & Services
Montreal, QC, Canada
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