Would Studios Rather We Buy DVD Ripping Products Offshore?
As studios work to quash legitimate products like RealDVD, offshore providers of DVD ripping software -- like AnyDVD developer SlySoft -- are reaping the rewards.
The DVD CCA (Copy Control Association) is scaring off U.S. makers of DVD ripping products, including Kaleidescape and Real Networks, whose RealDVD software is currently being challenged in the courts. (Read: DVD CCA Is an Innovation-Stifling Cartel.)
Without them, U.S. movie collectors have no choice but to turn to offshore companies that don’t give a hoot about copyright protection.
Real and Kaleidescape are licensed by the DVD CCA to decrypt DVDs that are protected by the Content Scramble System (CSS).
As such, they take every precaution to ensure that the CSS copy-protection “wrapper” follows ripped DVDs to a consumer’s hard drive, reducing and/or eliminating the ability for users to share the content illegally.
The DVD CCA and the studios should thank their lucky stars for companies like Real and Kaleidescape.
Instead, they try to quash these companies who work so hard to protect the studios’ intellectual property.
Who wins? Certainly not the studios.
The winners are the offshore providers of DVD ripping software, who can’t be touched by the DVD CCA or the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
I’d Rather Buy RealDVD
Without access to RealDVD (or the budget for Kaleidescape, Axonix, AMX and others), I forked out $80 for a two-year license for AnyDVD from Sly Soft, a company based in Antigua – far far away from the DVD CCA and DMCA.
Keep up to date on the latest legal issues regarding the duplication of copy-protected DVDs. CE Pro maintains a comprehensive, current listing of related news, court documents, statements, etc..
And, yes, I’ve used the software to copy DVDs that I own to create a wonderful gallery in the My Movies section of my S1Digital Windows Media Center machine. It is a wonderful product.
(Disclaimer: Integrators, don’t try this at your customer’s home! EFF attorney Fred Von Lohmann cautions CE pros to err on the conservative side.)
I never was much into music until I got a music server several years ago. Having such easy access to my music collection encouraged me to listen more, and buy more – through iTunes, subscription services and other providers.
And now that I can truly enjoy my movie collection (tiny as it is), I have rediscovered the medium and regularly pay for titles from Vudu, Apple TV and Netflix.
I’d sure prefer to buy my DVD archiving software from Real.
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Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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