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DRM group vows to fight bloggers

Discussion in 'General Webmaster Helpdesk' started by gkd_uk, May 8, 2007.

  1. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Moderator Moderator Webmaster

    Bloggers "crossed the line" when they posted a software key that could break the encryption on some HD-DVDs, the AACS copy protection body has said.

    Thousands of websites published the key, which had been uncovered in a bid to circumvent digital rights management (DRM) technology on HD-DVD discs.

    Many said they had done this as an exercise in free speech.

    An AACS executive said it was looking at "legal and technical tools" to confront those who published the key.

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    A row erupted on the internet after popular website Digg began taking down pages that its members had highlighted were carrying the key.

    The website said it was responding to legal "cease and desist" notices from the Advanced Access Content System.

    Digg's users responded by posting ever greater numbers of websites with the key, and the site eventually sided with its users.

    Michael Ayers, chair of the AACS business group, said it had received "good cooperation from most folk" in preventing the leak of the key.

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  2. OldWelshGuy

    OldWelshGuy New Member Webmaster

    Personally I don't think they have a leg to stand on. Owning and distributing the key is not illegal it is USING it that is. It is wrong that you can not copy DVD's anyhow, I am in an argument as we speak.

    I spent £35 on a special edition Shrek box set. I tried to copy the DVD's but couldn't as I was blocked because of their encryption. One of the discs has now been damaged and I no longer have the material I paid for PURELY because I was prevented from making a backup copy for my own use.

    EVERY SINGLE software disc I get, I copy, and store the original for the reasons above. By preventing you from making a security backup they are infringing your rights.


    I will give you my argument.

    I am NOT buying a DVD, I am buying the CONTENT of the DVD, so to ensure I can access my content I need to make a copy of the original and use that. THEN if it gets damaged, I amke a second copy and so on.

    By preventing me from safeguarding my investment and access to the content they are inforinging my stautory rights. UNLESS (and this is my argument), UNELSS they are prepared to replace free of charge (including collection and return of the faulty goods) the materials I paid for.

    My dis has stopped working due to a scratch (assumingly), and they will not replace it. they say DVD's must be handled with care. I SAY CRAP. I did not BUY a DVD I bought the CONTENT of the DVD which is what they sold me. I appreciate that DVD's and computer media are delicate, and with this in mind THEY MUST allow duplicate copies to be made.

    The case is ongoing ;)
  3. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Moderator Moderator Webmaster

    Thanks OWG

    Not all people make a copy to keep as a backup like you do but more make copies to sell and make some cash

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