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A real interesting thing happened last weekend. My current project is converting my wife's work-out VHS tapes to DVDs. These things have CP of some kind on them because the machine (a Panasonic DMR EH75) won't copy them without a device on the video signal. Well, yesterday I discovered a VHS tape that would not copy even with my trusty Video Filter in line. The other tapes did, but the one would not--tried it twice! I replaced the Video Filter with my Sima, and then the copy worked. I have no explanation. This is the first time such a thing as happened, maybe the first time such a thing has been reported? Well I went back to using the Video filter, and about 20 tapes later, the same thing happened, a tape would not copy using it, but did using the Sima. I can't imagine what might be "special" about those particular tapes. I would have thought that the CP on VHS tapes would be pretty easy to defeat.
With the first tape, it got part way through, maybe 25 minutes or so, then the recorder went into pause mode for most of the remainder of the tape. It seemed to unpause for the closing credits. The recording had an icon that (on page 40 of the EH75 manual) says, "Title that was not recorded due to recording protection (Digital broadcasts, etc.)" The second tape caused the recorder to go into pause immediately. I never checked to see if it would ever unpause by itself.
Evil is charming and beautiful. It makes you doubt yourself. It asks for one small compromise after another until it whittles you down, and it functions best when no one believes in it.-JOA