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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

DRM Too InterActual Player

InterActual player is actually software bundled with a lot of DVDs as a free means of watching the movie on your system.It uses your built in DVD decoder to play the movie, but adds features including, according to 3–2–1 Studios, makers of DVD XCopy, a feature that disables your ability to crack DVD decryption. It includes a semi-temporary MPEG 2 licensed codec and support for all formats of video and audio.All DVD playback software includes an MPEG 2 codec. The codec itself is licensed and has integrated digital rights that enables playback of digitally licensed MPEG content, specifically DVDs. A generic Microsoft MPEG 2 codec won't playback DVD content because it doesn't have the proper licensing. If it weren't for that licensing, any MPEG codec would function fully.It may also include spyware like features that “call home” when you watch the DVD. Running anti-spyware on the program and removing it may also disable other programs. Crazy Huh? For “free” there are things out there like the “AC3Filter” - it is DirectShow filter for AC3 decoding to play .AVI with AC3 audio tracks and MPEG2 (DVD).
DRM is not the worst of of whats going on, only the part of the commercial grab is most evident to the regular consumer. DRM is a result of the DMCA(Digital Millenium Copyright Act), created to perpetuate rights to Mickey Mouse to the Disney corporation. The worst of it is the granting of software patents. Patent law at that level will supplant copyright to some extent, and strangle creativity in the computer field outside of corporations large enough to detect valid patents and dispute invalid ones. Know what happens? The large corporations largely pay each other off or sign cross-licensing agreements, leaving the rest of the public and smaller companies in the cold.
What bothers me with a lot of products is that the "End-User License" is not readily available on the outside of the package. So if I buy a product and open it and put it on the computer and don't agree with the EULA what am I to do? We all know most stores will not accept opened software for return only exchange for the same if product is faulty. Your stuck with it,fool.
Sometimes I think that being overly zealous with copyright protection can actually cause more people to turn to piracy. If the companies that pursue anti-piracy technology don't realize this they may find even more people turning to P2P to avoid the hassles of registering and obtaining licenses for products they legally purchased.
There is absolutely “NO” way to stop pirating, because really all you need to do is play the dvd on a dvd player and have the cable go to the in port of a good graphics card and record it into premier or i movie or any other editing software, make it a mpeg or a dvd. I really don't see anyway they can possibly block that unless they put a code, hidden, on every single frame of the film and knew who bought every single one, so their kinda wasting their time i think. (Plus I'm sure there are many other ways of pirating.)


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