Posted by: vwbusguy | October 20, 2008

Innovation? Not without MPAA’s permission.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is suing RealNetworks over it’s newest innovations for DVD Ripping that allow the user to save the movie as a digital file on the users computer.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which is a group that advocates for freedom in technology has condemned the lawsuit as an attempt to control innovation, to which the MPAA has responded by not directly responding to EFF’s complaints, but instead just attacking the agency itself.

MPAA has convinced a judge to temporarily halt sales of RealDVD over it, but the best part is, that it is the end users who lose this battle.  If you buy a DVD, you have a legal right to make a copy of it for yourself under current law.

MPAA is attempting in to infringe on the common person’s rights to have more control over innovation and in the end try to make you spend more money.

I worry that if this lawsuit goes through, they will go after open source projects like DVD::RIP soon and start telling us where we can and can’t innovate through unnecessary litigation.

Read more about this at CNET.



  1. dd if=/dev/sr0 of=dvd.iso

    Still works. Copying a DVD has nothing to do with CSS circumvention. If media can be read, it can be copied. Playback or content extraction is a separate and distinct function from copying. The MPAA are simply obfuscating to limit media owner rights.

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