Originally Posted by bootman_head_fi
Why is this news?
This has always been the case.
You don't own the movie just the right
to play it on the machine the disk was intended for.
For those that spend lots of $$$ on audio setups (most of us here right?) this is the only way to get HD audio.
If all you care for is downmixed 2ch from a compressed dvd or bluray then why bother worrying about what AVR has what features or how much resolution your display has.
????? How do you figure? I get HD audio just fine from my Dune media player...
This is not a court ruling. It's a ruling from an office which has shown again and again that it can be bought. There will be a court case, then it will be decided one way or the other.
The worry isn't about the feds coming after consumers who don't distribute. That's not going to happen, duh. (Except possibly as an added charge against someone already going down for something else.) However, they will go after the publishers of the software. No they won't be able to go after them in their own countries. BUT, they will be able to go after US assets and bank accounts. They can make it very difficult for them to get payment for their product from anyone in the US. Will they fight in court, or will it not be worth the effort? As soon as the software stops getting updates, no more backups, at least of new movie releases.
The recording industry has fought, clawed, and bled trying to stop technology from moving forward for years. Even though it's driven the bulk of their profits. Sure, there's piracy. But there's also a lot of sales driven by new technology. I own hundreds of Bluray movies. The biggest reason I own these movies is I like having a video jukebox, where I can select movies off a wall of movie posters--and just watch the movie without 15 minutes of ads. Kids--even adult kids--and discs don't mix well. Not a worry for me when all of my $20-$30 discs are safely locked up. And yes, I can watch these movies with the exact same quality video and audio they come with on Bluray. Take this away from me and I am done buying movies. I'm a netflix subscriber as well, I will go back to just renting them from Netflix. I'm paying for that service anyway. I buy lots of CDs mainly because I can transfer them to mp3s and play them in my car. No, I won't be buying new music if you take that away from me. Well, OK, I'll buy some, but only a fraction of what I buy now. I buy many, many ebooks. But only because I can read them on whatever I like. I do not like Apples or Kindles or Nooks. Or their apps. Sorry, I don't. Right now I like Cool Reader. Tomorrow, that may change. Take that away from me and I'll stop buying ebooks too. Technology drives sales, it's amazing how many Ivy League Grads are really too stupid to figure that out after all of these years. Crappy content is what drives sales down. The recording industry needs to figure that out too.
I do not believe in piracy. It is wrong. Artists deserve to be paid for their efforts. Piracy is nothing more than stealing. Period. HOWEVER, I do believe that when I buy content, I should have the right to consume that content however I see fit. So long as I do not distribute that content, it is NOBODY'S business how I use it. In the end, that attitude means INCREASED profits for studios, They're just too stupid to see that crappy content is responsible for declining revenues. Every technological advancement in content consumption has resulted in massive profits for studios. There are simple ways to limit piracy, even though some piracy will always exist. But then, so will shoplifting and burglary and murder. It's not a perfect world.
For better or worse, we have just re-elected a Democrat administration. Will they fight for the rights of the people, or be bought off by stupid, greedy, businessmen? Their record so far is not good. This ruling never would have been issued if it was.