Originally Posted by supermr2
Actually converting CD tracks to MP3 format is the perfect analogy or 8-track to casette or LP to casette or LP to .mp3 or you get the idea. How converting my DVD to a different format to watch on my device is now a criminal offense is beyond me.
It's not a new criminal offense... it's always been illegal to copy DVDs... for any reason, whatsoever. It's just that all of the ranting on the Internet has lead some to believe in the fallacy of '...fair use...'.
When you buy a DVD, you aren't buying media rights
for that movie to watch as you see fit. You are buying the right to watch the DVD disc as you see fit (i.e. on whatever players can play that disc, one at a time and for personal enjoyment).
That's the part that differentiates a neighborhood library from Netflix - when Netflix allows you to see a movie, the copyright holder (and the consumer electronics vendor that embeds the Netflix player on your streamer) all get paid a piece of what you pay Netflix every month. How else do you think we have $80.00 Blu-ray players? You think your $80.00 covers the cost of that player in a manner that provides a profit margin to the CE vendor? No, part of their compensation comes from embedding the Netflix client and enabling the playback of content in your living room.
I have some firsthand exposure to the freakshow that is 'media rights' and it's a very complex model for distributing cash to the folks that make and allow playback of content that is increasingly more expensive to produce and distribute.
I am not saying I agree with any of this... but this is the way it is, like it, understand it, or not