Freespire's Google ads: "What is Ubuntu Missing?"

James "Doc" Livingston doclivingston at
Sat Oct 7 13:58:53 BST 2006

On Sat, 2006-10-07 at 06:37 -0400, Eric Dunbar wrote:
> CSS isn't a great tool to prevent piracy anymore but it does slow
> things down markedly -- your run-of-the-mill computer user isn't going
> to be able to 'rip' a DVD with great ease so it's going to prevent a
> sizeable portion of the population from borrowing their friends' DVDs
> and making perfect copies.

If we're talking about perfect copies, CSS doesn't stop you at all. You
can take a CSS-encrypted DVD and make a bit-for-bit copy of it - the
result is a CSS-encrypted copy, which you can play back on normal DVD

There are many programs which make it simple for the "average" user to
copy DVDs, so it doesn't really prevent that either. 1) insert DVD, 2)
press "copy to computer" or "burn copy to DVD", and 3) press Go.


James "Doc" Livingston
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