View Full Version : Warner wants you to go to a depot and pay to rip your DVDs to DRM-locked formats

03-08-2012, 06:43 PM
By Cory Doctorow at 11:22 am Thursday, Mar 8

Here's a scathing editorial from Public Knowledge's Michael Weinberg on the Warner Home Entertainment announcement of a new "service" that allows you to legally rip your DVDs by driving over to a special DVD-ripping depot and paying a fee to have them converted to DRM-locked formats that only play in approved devices. Warner calls this "safe and convenient."

You did read that last paragraph correctly. The head of Warner Home Entertainment Group thinks that an easy, safe way to convert movies you already own on DVD to other digital formats is to take your DVDs, find a store that will perform this service, drive to that store, find the clerk who knows how to perform the service, hope that the “DVD conversion machine” is not broken, stand there like a chump while the clerk “safely” converts your movie to a digital file that may only play on studio-approved devices, drive home, and hope everything worked out. Oh, and the good news is that you would only need to pay a reasonable (per-DVD?) price for this pleasure.

To be fair, this plan is easy, safe (safe?), and reasonably priced compared to the movie studio’s current offer to people who want to take movies they own on DVD and turn them into a digital file to watch on, say, their iPad. That offer is a lawsuit, because personal copying of a movie on DVD requires circumventing DRM, which is a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Furthermore, right now all of the major studios are arguing passionately (pdf) to stop the Copyright Office from granting a exemption that would make personal space shifting of movies on DVD legal.

Try to picture the real alternative to this hokum – people making their own copies of their movies at home. Luckily you won’t have to use your imagination too much because people making their own copies of media they own is exactly what people do with their CDs. They download a free program, make a copy of the CD at home, put the MP3 files on whatever device they want, and go on with their lives.

Warner Bros. Embarrasses Self, Everyone, With New “Disc-to-Digital” Program (via Hack the Planet)

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03-08-2012, 06:46 PM
This might be the dumbest thing ive heard of all year. Who are these people? How long before these geriatric fucks run their entire media empire into the ground?

03-08-2012, 07:31 PM

that's 1980's style thinking.

03-09-2012, 12:42 AM
*my original posts were harsh on babyboomers but after some reflection..

It's the same as dealing with grandparents, they just didnt experience that cognitive overhaul on a frequent basis. The old me would say it's sad or pathetic, but it's just nature taking course.

It's strange to live in this new world with the old, when a certain population have their brains rewired like it's laundry. Neuroscience studies are drastically needed to reform certain laws.

Mr. R&B
03-09-2012, 01:15 AM
Well of course they do.

Greedy tyrannical scumbags.

Frank Sobotka
03-09-2012, 06:27 AM
The stupid, it hurts.