Re: [SLUG] Novell's CTO Blog - new entry

From: Eben King (
Date: Mon Apr 24 2006 - 13:52:00 EDT

On Mon, 24 Apr 2006, Paul M Foster wrote:

> Jason Boxman wrote:
>> If DVDs originally shipped without forced segments or you could optionally
>> 'just play' the movie, then along came a system where your original
>> experience was crippled, I think people would take offense.
>> DRM is attempt to reconcile this situation with all current and future
>> digial media.
> Here's an example of an aggravation people have learned to put up with. How
> many times have you popped in a DVD and been forced to sit through:
> 1) The "COPYING A DVD IS *THEFT* message, as told by a jerky short film.
> 2) The ubiquitous FBI warning, both in English and French.
> 3) Previews of movies you're not interested in.
> You can't stop them. You can't hit "Menu" and get out of them. The best you
> can do sometimes is hit "Fast Forward" so you don't have to listen to the
> crap for the umpteenth time.

Huh. The "play all regions" hack I did to my DVD player must have enabled
such operations, because I don't have those restriction. I'd be mighty
annoyed too.

> I'm not sure a Paul Revere action by us is going to be the thing that changes
> content distributors' minds on DRM.

"One if by LAN, two if by C"?

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