Originally Posted by Nosferax
They won because they argued (succesfully) that they were not "decrypting" the content, just making an iso of it containing the original encryption key so in effect they were just puting the physical dvd that you own on another medium.
The illegality lies in breaking the encryption, at least in the USA since that would be against the DMCA rules.
BR on the other hand can't be copied without breaking the security encryption by design. This is especially true for the java based disk.
This is what drives me crazy about Blu-ray and various forms of DRM. We have the technology today for people to make great home media servers, but it is against the law to do it.
The PS3 makes a great media client. It can play video, photos and music from most media servers. There are other affordable HD clients too. The all time best client was a modified xbox runing xbmc. All you had to do was put your DVDs on a PC shared drive and it did the rest. It would look up movie descriptions, actors, cover art, etc from various sources like IMDB. Basically, you would have your own movie database. If a friend came over and said he likes Tom Cruise, you could bring up all the movies with him and pick the one you want to watch. You might notice that he is in Tropic Thunder even though he is not listed on the box or disc! Cool!
Now the best part is that once you have a server set up, you can have multiple clients. One in the HT room, one in the kids play room, maybe the bedroom, or any room you might go to watch movies. You can access any movie at any time from any location with out having to search for discs and run up and down steps!