Proposed amendment attempts to ban all DVD copying

By on June 25, 2007, 2:34 PM
A panel of the DVD Copy Control Association (DVD CCA) is weighing a proposed amendment to the law governing copy protection that would ban all DVD backups, and prevent DVD playback without the DVD disk being present inside the drive.

The proposed amendment states: "DVD products, alone or in combination with other DVD products, shall not be designed to descramble scrambled CSS data when the DVD disc containing such CSS [Content Scrambling System] data and associated CSS keys is not physically present in the DVD player or DVD drive (as applicable), and a DVD product shall not be designed to make or direct the making of a persistent copy of CSS data that has been descrambled from such DVD disc by such DVD product."
The ban would prevent users to make a backup copy of a legally owned movie for later playback on a device without a DVD drive, such as a PSP or an iPod. What about fair use?

The amendment was proposed by representatives of two movie studios Disney and Warner Brothers as well as HP, Intel, Pioneer, and Toshiba and is scheduled for a vote on Wednesday, according to Michael Malcolm, chief executive of Kaleidescape, a company that manufactures video servers to copy DVDs legally for use in multi-room display systems, and which was found not guilty of infringing the existing CSS licensing terms this past March.

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MetalX said:
This doesn't sound too good... I don't quite understand though. Is it going to be part of the DVD file so that the DVDs can't be ripped? I don't see how they could prevent people from burning DVDs for more than a few months.
Its just gonna be an annoyance now just like the DRM on music preventing most people from making backups, it will be hacked of course just takes time.
Soul Harvester said:
They aren't talking about new technology - they are just talking about a change in law. To make illegal what many people already do, dump and burn a DVD.The programs already exist to do this, are readily and freely available, and DVD technology has been stale for some time. I wonder exactly what they imagine will happen, if anything, by getting more laws in place to prevent copying even further.
thebaronjocelin said:
No, this law isn't as much a disenfranchisement of users as it could be, but it certainly paves the way to more restrictive measures. Look at what happened with Digital Music and Digital Rights. Look at the restrictions that are now in place on our playback of legal music. Until they finally make a medium for recording that is impervious to physical damage, they have no right to restrict our use of better mediums than they are willing to create.Trust me when I say: this is another cobblestone in the road to the destruction of user freedom. Our playback rights are disappearing, and it is the fault of these baby steps that we let slide.
dbase said:
I have 3 kids that dammage dvd's, I like making backup copies so I don't lose my investment because some of the dvds cannot be bought again due to removal from sales. Just anothe example of money grabbing hogs.Joe Templeton Jr
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