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Old 08-16-2004, 03:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Saw on cnn that the company that marketed software to make backup copies of dvd's just folded, doesnt suprise me,but what does is no one has brought up the issue of linux in this deal.As far as I know in my experience, if a dvd can be read by a dvd drive under linux it can be copied, and done so very easily, not only that, but most of the software tools needed come included with most distros and what doesnt is very readily available.Im kinda curious why nobody has figured this out, or is linux that far under the radar for nobody to notice?


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but what does is no one has brought up the issue of linux in this deal.
actually it was because someone wanted to view a dvd on a linux box that DeCSS was created. A lawsuit followed because it broke the law of the newly created DCMA, which says you can't reverse engineer a product that has copyright protection.

heres a couple links for ya about the case which was eventually dropped.




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The laws in that country are different than in the US, so it was dropped.DVD john got away with it.

But there's more to it IMHO, anything that can be read by a DVD drive can readily be copied.The company in question here in the US just took the next step and marketed one set up for windows to copy anything on DVD--> movies,games, etc etc. All Im saying is the software for linux to do that already existed and still does, yet no one is doing anything about it I just find it kinda odd, my thinking is cause it isnt mainstream nobody is gonna do something with it legally.

The software to make copies of CD's under windows exists but typically isnt easy to find and often doesnt work all that well in my experience.Linux is a different matter, it works on almost anything and any file system.Isnt so much about reverse engineering but just the way the system works.
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