Originally Posted by jmpage2
Piracy? All we need are MKV/ISO/MP4 files with watermarks that identify the rightful owner and the market can police itself.
I have been thinking myself about a good solution for the MAFIAA's 'problems'.. Firstly, I wanted them to reduce costs for consumers by getting rid of the whole optical media / disc creation charges and just loading up a protected ISO image on a user supplied hard drive (over the network for all those with large bandwidth / in-store for the others).. Secondly, I was thinking about a watermark mechanism on the ISO similar to what you are saying so that if some version gets out on the Internet, it can be traced back to the purchaser.. However, there are too many issues with that mode of thinking:
1. There is no reason why a consumer can't share the watermarked ISO / video files with his friends and family, but the MAFIAA wants the friends and family to buy their own version.
2. Making sure that only one copy can be played at a particular time (similar to 1 DVD / Blu-ray being lent to a friend) is simply not possible without playback pinging a central server.
Current Blu-ray specifications allow for video watermarks to be dynamically created when playing back a stream on a player, but I don't think that watermark creation process is exercised in the ripping process (and I am also not aware of any discs which actually implement that watermark creation process).