The idea behind their system if I have understood correctly (have not had the training yet) is that the title REMAINS IN ITS ENCRYPTED FORM!??
The DVD is actually ripped right from the internal dvd slot but when it resides on the hard drive it is still encrypted to which Escient adds another layer of their own encryption??? so that the title CANNOT be moved from the clients system. In other words, the is NO way to share the stored files directly over the internet or re-burn a copy of the movie from the Escient Server back to a blank disc.
I believe Escient's premise is to allow a client to do this under the FAIR USE idea and keeping the information in an encrypted form without the ability to transfer the files off of the client's system SHOULD? satisfy the legal requirements for all concerned.
Does this stop anyone from simply ripping copies of movies they have rented or just borrowed from friends? Of course not! But that is true of virtually every system out there and will always be the case.
Ok, I found the press article I was thinking about again describing the idea behind the new system.The full article is at this link:http://www.ce-pro.com/article/escien..._cca_and_dmca/Here is the most relevent point taken from that article:
The company announced today that consumers will, in fact, be able to import DVDs directly to the server via the product’s built-in DVD drive. (Escient prefers the term “importing” to the more unseemly “ripping.")
In September, Commons says, “We were telling everyone that there were legal issues surrounding the importing of movies.” Now, he says, “We’ve resolved those issues so you can import movies on the front-panel DVD drive.”
Exactly how did Escient “resolve” those issues? According to Commons:
We’re maintaining all of the encryption that’s on the movie so when we’re moving a movie from a disc to the internal hard drive, it’s copying bit for bit with all of the encryption intact. We’re adding our own second level of even more stringent encryption to protect it [DVD content] when it’s on the Vision storage system.
Once the DVD is imported onto the Vision device, it cannot leave the network, and cannot be uploaded to the Internet. Hence, copy protection is preserved.
You know that, and I know that, but will the DVD authorities concede?