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May 09 2012

They continue to muck with entertainment – and pirates still don’t care…


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This is a little bit of a rant, BUT…

I believe everyone is aware that copying a DVD or a Blu-Ray disc is incorrect; it’s against the law…

I rented me a DVD the other night, Underworld – Awakening, and I noticed that it had this new warning on it. Thank goodness for the Internet so that you can go online and research this new ‘information’.

It’s almost to the point I really miss the days of VHS; at least with VHS you could fast-forward tape, jump past the crap and watch the movie that you paid for, but with DVDs and Blu-ray it’s a little harder…

Over the years, the movie companies have been taking away people’s DVD players abilities to skip past the movie trailers, special notices and various other things.  From the earliest VHS movie, I can recall seeing the legal warnings about copying the movie— I think everyone has, but now the US government has added another set of notices that can be skipped over; each one being 10 seconds.

Of course these notices are completely worthless because the people they are trying to affect, the pirates, there already committing a crime by copying and publishing these movies online or through the Internet. The movie pirates don’t care about the additional notices, because when they ripped the movie they’re going to take out these notices anyway.

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The one thing I find humorous about tactics like this is that people who do things legally, are the ones who typically pay the price of being inconvenienced. The people who are doing things illegally already have the unique capability of having no conscience of doing something wrong and not bothering them.

So by adding two extra notices, that can’t be skipped on a DVD or Blu-ray player, is not doing anything except for inconveniencing the people who pay to watch the movie legally. The natural reaction to that is, when people become inconvenienced enough they’ll find a different way to get there entertainment…

My real concern is for the future of digital entertainment. The evolution of digital entertainment is that eventually owning a physical copy of a movie may be something that will be impossible in the future. Meaning that, the only way that you’d be able to consume entertainment will be through a streaming connection via the Internet…And if history has done nothing but show examples, because it information can be transferred electronically, then it can be captured electronically; and were right back to pirating again…

It’s all about the inconvenience. I would say that most people are willing to pay for entertainment, but because of the hurdles and the hoops that the media companies and the government’s that the customers through [legally] it drives those customers to look for alternate means. It’s a vicious cycle and is going to continue…

It’s almost laughable that someone would sit down and think that to pop-up notices, that you can’t skip, is going to make all the difference in the world… just laughable… and inconvenient.

 

 

Thank you,
Larry Henry Jr.
LEHSYS.com 

…via Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11



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2 comments

  1. sirslur

    When is the last time you bought or rented a DVD / Blueray? I don't even have a player anymore. If I can't get it ondemand, then I won't bother.
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    1. Larry Henry Jr.

      I still rent DVD's I don't have a Blu-Ray player. While I know the Blu-Ray discs provide better video quality; the DVD's [for me] are just as well. As far as streaming, the services from like Hulu are what I like… as your watching the shows, you know exactly where the commercials are and how long they're going to be… This, to me, is where TV is going…

      Later,
      Larry

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