Originally Posted by shinksma
(I'm delurking because you asked a question that gets to the heart of a big issue for me.)
You asked "Why is it wrong for BD to use additonal layers of Copy Protection to protect their content when Microsoft does the same thing?"
This is one issue that gets under my skin. Software/content providers assume I am guilty, and ask that I prove myself innocent. From installing WinXP to trying to play a Region 2 DVD in a Region 1 player, the assumption is that I might be doing something that "they" want to control (i.e. ensure they make the most money possible from).
I don't like the way Microsoft handles copy protection/DRM. One of the big reasons they get away with it it because they have such a strangle-hold on the market that there is almost no competition - and when a competitor does rise up, they are quick to squash them (even the DoJ and EU rulings haven't really stopped the behaviour). Look at how MS is handling the security and virus protection issue with Vista.
I agree that most of the time this issue does not affect the typical consumer. But sometimes it does - and that is the part that really bugs me: why can't I purchase a DVD copy of some obscure British show and play it on my DV-563 just because it is "region 2"? There is no "Region 1" version available to buy. Yes, there are region-free (or easily hackable) DVD players out there - but it's all about control, not even legality, here.
And when my needs go beyond that of the "typical consumer", or if something goes wrong with the "Protection" mechanism, I really need to jump through hoops - I believe there is a feature available in the BD spec that allows the player to disable itself when it thinks an illegally copied disk is played. What if the disk was damaged, or poorly mastered, or the player's software just got it wrong? And that just plain annoys me.
So in summary, I get an uneasy feeling when I think about the various levels of protection that seem to be inherent in the BD technology. HD-DVD seems to have less, although I seem to recall recent murmurs of consideration of implementing region coding for that too, and who knows what aspects of DRM Miscrosoft will manage to get migrated into the product. I haven't taken the plunge into HD-DVD/Blu-Ray, and this issue is one of my points of hesitation.
Basically, because the big corporations don't trust me, I don't trust them.
Sorry for the rant, but I've got very few posts because I usually don't feel the need to jump in - I just observe and try to learn from the various people (like you) who contribute to these fora.
No Problem Shinksma.....