On Tue, Nov 14, 2000 at 12:57:01PM +0000 or so it is rumoured hereabouts,
>> I think this mainly relates to pirate cable and satellite decryption
>> With regards to linux DVD players .I *think* it maybe ok ,
> rights protection measures are there only there to uphold the copyright
> not to grant copyright holders extra powers not covered by the law.
>> : ``rights protection measure'' means any process, treatment, mechan-
> : ism or system which is designed to prevent or inhibit the unauthor-
> : ised exercise of any of the rights conferred by this Act;
>> So it would follow that if you are not doing anything that is not
> unauthorised by the law then it should be ok.
you mean "authorised by the copyright holder". I as author of a work may
authorise use of that work beyond the "normal" copyright rights (eg. the
Open Documentation License or whatever it's called).
> If this is ture then use your rights under 'fair dealing' allow you to
> play it on linux.
>> : 50.-(1) Fair dealing with a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic
> : work, sound recording, film, broadcast, cable programme, or non-
> : electronic original database, for the purposes of research or private
> : study, shall not infringe any copyright in the work.
>However, if the playing of such a DVD under linux under "fair dealing"
involves the *unauthorised* (eg. DeCss which has not been licensed with
the relevant people) then you're infringing on the copyright by using
something designed to *defeat* a rights protection measure (assuming that
a court upholds the view that the DVD encryption is a copyright protection
measure rather than a customer/viewer control measure. I'd imagine that
one could prove in court that the DVD encryption does *not* in any way
prevent piracy of the work (a copied DVD will work on any *authorised* DVD
player whether Windows or the Sony standalone) then it would be viewed as
something *other* than a "rights protection measure").
>> P.S. These are just my thoughts on the matter and maybe wrong. so don't
> bank on anything I said as being correct.
Don't assume from the above that I do or don't support the copyright
legislation, I haven't enough detail to make such a choice. I don't (and
won't) buy either DVD Drives or discs. Partially as a philosophical
objection to the whole business of "customer control" but mostly 'cos I
won't waste the cash on such stuff yet. I see the PC mags are giving out
DVDs now instead of CDROMs (Now you get ~2Gb of crap instead of 640Mb of
crap. Oh, I know there's some good stuff to be had but that's what
sourceforge.net and tucows.com are for...).
Conor Daly <conor.daly at oceanfree.net>
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