Originally Posted by Slayhe
I would love to know how owning blu-rays and wanting a digital copy of them on my HTPC is piracy? Assuming just makes an ASS out of you and me sir.
Thank the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Naturally, I don't agree with it, because you should be able to make a backup of something that you've bought. However, their reasoning is that we don't own the "film," that we simply own a license to view the film at home. I don't know how that reasoning ever flew with any lawmakers. When I see commercials for Blu-rays, I see, "Own it NOW on Blu-ray and DVD!" - not "Own a license to view it at home on Blu-ray and DVD!" When I order a Blu-ray from Amazon, it tells me the name of the movie and how much I paid for it. It doesn't say anything about a license for it. If anything, it makes more sense to say that we own the film but we do not have a license to distribute it for profit (in other words, we don't own the right to release the movie into theaters and make money off of it - like the studios do).
This way of thinking all stems from EULA's and other beliefs about intellectual property and/or digital media. It doesn't make sense to me, but whatever. I don't understand how someone can buy a car and then own the car, and have the right to re-sell the car without giving a cut to the car manufacturer - but when you buy computer software, you don't "own" the software and you have no right to re-sell it later. Why? Because it's electronic? I don't get it, but maybe it's my fault.
I recently read about a ruling in a case having to do with the DMCA, and this is one of the lines in the ruling: "Merely bypassing a technological protection that restricts a user from viewing or using a work is insufficient to trigger the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provision. The DMCA prohibits only forms of access that would violate or impinge on the protections that the Copyright Act otherwise affords copyright owners."
- To me, that makes it seem like it's legal to make a backup as long as it's fair use and you don't intend to distribute it. Of course, I could be interpreting it wrong.