Originally Posted by pcCinema
Protection of ones works is one thing, but to have protections that affect everyone who doesn't even want that content and everyone who ever buys a computer and HDTV for any other purpose tells me they have gone too far.
If the picture quality of all standard defintion dvds was as good as 5th Element or Vertical Limit, etc., high-defintion DVDs would not be that compelling an option for most consumers - especially for those sitting 10+ feet from a 50" display. (BTW, the fact that the pq of many sd dvds is so terrible should warn us about the possible future HD pq - "digital quality", 1080p crap.)
At this point early in the life of HD disk promotion, consumers really are in the driver's seat. Because sales of sd dvds are still very strong, if sales of both HD formats tanked because of a consumer boycott, either HD disks would disappear, or HDCP would. Because of the amount of money that the big boys have already invested in HD, and the amount of potential profit to be fleeced from consumers who will yet again replicate their movie libraries in HD, I would be surprised if it were the former.
So rather than trying to assemble consumers for some sort of law suit, potential HD consumers should simply boycott HD disks that employ HDCP. I have not bought a single HD disk yet, so I've already done my part. Ironically, it is the high-def early adopters who have been up to this point the movie industry/distributor's HDCP "enablers".
If those that control such things really want to prevent the vast majority of copying, all they have to do is somehow keep blank media cost close to that of the typical movie disk. Of course this would not stop copying to hard drives, but computer-savy folks are already
doing that in spite of HDCP.