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Hi guys found this doing research on my homework. I thought maybe some people might be interested in this http://partners.nytimes.com/library/...law/14law.html It is kind of old but still interesting...
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    Hi guys found this doing research on my homework. I thought maybe some people might be interested in this
    http://partners.nytimes.com/library/...law/14law.html
    It is kind of old but still interesting
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    It is interesting.Do you know what the result of the trial was ?

    And kind of a silly remark but the last name of the journalist writing
    the article is the same as the name of the judge who was trying the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Santa's little helper
    It is interesting.Do you know what the result of the trial was ?

    And kind of a silly remark but the last name of the journalist writing
    the article is the same as the name of the judge who was trying the case.
    As of this moment I don't know the official final word but I am doing research and I will update you.
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    Apparently the last suit was dropped.

    http://www.afterdawn.com/news/archive/4901.cfm

    However, if I recall, the DMCA effectively killed any chance of DeCSS being legal in the US.
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    IS there any legal way to play dvds in the US?
    I own several legal DVD players, including a regular player, a TiVO and a PS2, personally, I think its stupid to say I can watch DVDs on those, but not on my computer, IIRC, Tivo runs on linux, and my Tivo can play DVDs, so it must be legal somehow, right?

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    From what I understand, the manufacturers of the DVD players enter into an agreement with the MPAA and are allowed to include the decryption codecs on their devices. Unfortunately, since the Linux world is Open Source, there's no way to enter into that type of agreement and keep it Open Source.
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    Still, is there some way for me to, say, pay the manufacturers some money for the right to play DVDs on a linux box?

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    Use XINE to watch your DVDs. Works great on my box.
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    Thats what I do already, I was just curious about being able to do so legally

    btw, XINE works great :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by zachtib
    IS there any legal way to play dvds in the US?
    I own several legal DVD players, including a regular player, a TiVO and a PS2, personally, I think its stupid to say I can watch DVDs on those, but not on my computer, IIRC, Tivo runs on linux, and my Tivo can play DVDs, so it must be legal somehow, right?
    What happens is that when you purchased a dvd player the maker pays the studio's money for a license for a something that can use the Content Scrambling System (CSS). In GNU/Linux there are CSS you can get. What deCSS does is decryption the signal. What is the issue is really about is the movie industry saying that something that "can" be used for piracy should be made illegal. They want to extended their copyrights, patents, and "IP" so far that they can get even more money.

    Where we are at now is that it isn't "legal" but since it is no longer a trade secert there is little no chance that anyone would "be in trouble".
    http://www.eff.org/IP/Video/DVDCCA_c...122_eff_pr.php
    http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/topic-28367-12.html
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