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Deal reached to allow limited archival copying of next generation of DVDs

 
Old 07-14-04, 11:12 AM
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Deal reached to allow limited archival copying of next generation of DVDs

From CNN.com:

Deal set on allowing limited DVD copying
Wednesday, July 14, 2004 Posted: 11:35 AM EDT (1535 GMT)

SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) -- A group of media and technology companies including Microsoft Corp. and Walt Disney Co. have agreed in principle to allow consumers to make legal backup copies of next-generation video discs and share their content on portable devices.

The group, which also includes International Business Machines Corp., Intel Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. and Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros., will not have any technology to license until the end of the year.

But the announcement, released late on Tuesday, marks a shift in the way the movie industry has reacted to the threat of online piracy of its films.

Current DVDs are protected by a system called CSS, for content scrambling system, which prevents copying. The computer and consumer electronics industries have pushed to allow less-encumbered sharing of media between TVs, computers, and portable players.

The new alliance has named its yet-to-be-developed content protection technology "Advanced Access Content System." The system will be available to be licensed later this year.

Next-generation DVDs are expected to deliver superior video and audio, although technology and media companies have yet to reach a consensus on which of the competing DVD formats will prevail as the industry standard.
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Old 07-14-04, 11:19 AM
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Sadly, the "limited archival copying" is only the first 30 minutes of the film. What use is that?!?
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Old 07-14-04, 11:36 AM
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Sadly, the "limited archival copying" is only the first 30 minutes of the film. What use is that?!?
Source? According to this story the agreement is to allow backup copies and sharing on portable devices. It makes no mention of a 30-minute limit.

I have seen trial versions of DVD copying software that have a 30-minute limit unless you buy the full version of the software.
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Old 07-14-04, 01:19 PM
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Good news if it pans out. Perhaps the studios are realizing that the person who has all these gadgets has plenty of dough to spend on legit copies of the films. The more platforms for their product the more units they can sell.

While there is bootlegging here, the casual bootlegger of Kazaa or the such is nothing compared to the illegal underground of Asia.
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