copy protected media

Michael Haney thezorch at
Sun Jul 11 23:45:14 UTC 2010

On Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 10:10 AM, nepal <nepal.roade at> wrote:
> A friend has just lent me a couple of Pride DVDs but I notice they are
> marked with a CP symbol and I cannot watch either of these DVDs, they
> do something weird and skip to the end of the disk.
> I'm using Ubuntu 9.10 and I've tried a few different players, vlc,
> mplayer, moovida, even Totem which never works properly and doesn't for
> this either.
> Is this the new state of affairs for media? I can be legally sold
> useless media, media that will not play in my standard piece of kit?
> It certainly doesn't seem to be making me want to go and spend money of
> packaged media...

This is a perfect example of why DRM hurts consumers but does NOTHING
to stop professional pirates.  The "goal" of DRM is impossible to
attain, because if it can be viewed or listened to it CAN be copied.

It all comes down to greed.  If the media barons could get away with
it the original DIVX (not the video file format) players wouldn't have
flopped and we'd be paying again and again and again for the same
movies.  What are they going to do next?  Force us to wear special
headgear that scans our thoughts so they can charge us money every
time we hear a song in our heads?

Some big media R&D lab somewhere is probably working on the idea.

Michael "TheZorch" Haney
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