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DVD Forum approves burning CSS to DVD-R

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 01 Mar 2007 19:22 User comments (9)

DVD Forum approves burning CSS to DVD-R The DVD Forum has approved the burning of Content Scrambling System (CSS) protected content to DVD-R media at Steering Committee Meeting in Tokyo. "CSS Managed Recording" would make it possible to burn CSS protected content from a DVD source, or download source, to a special type of DVD-R disc for use in stand-alone DVD equipment. The DVD Copy Control Association (DVD CCA) recently allowed movie-burning kiosks in retail stores to burn fully CSS-complaint DVDs.
There is really no point in offering consumers an option to purchase downloadable movies if they are completely confined to a computer monitor. DVD-R burning has become so popular, that a possible answer to a successful service is to allow users to download movies and then burn them to a blank DVD disc which can be played on any DVD hardware that they own.

The CSS copy protection system is deployed on DVD-Video releases and has been hacked for years, beatable literally with tools that are now years old.

Ars Technica

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9 user comments

11.3.2007 20:03

long live slysoft =]

21.3.2007 22:56

Does it really matter! (See the first comment please)

32.3.2007 8:05

It matters a lot. If we can get the companies to feel safe about not only downloading movies but to let us use them how we want to. It will improve our options on where to buy our movies. Right now there is very few legal download services out there that will work for me, if any.

42.3.2007 9:18

One can only imagine how much money changed hands on this pointless exercise.

52.3.2007 16:33

It matters oh boy this is good. How companies like Slysoft can continue to offer products that allow us to back up DvD's even when XP is obsolete and we have to be forced to go to Vista. And it also means that HD-DvD's can also be copied.

About damn time the media gients realize that no matter how many laws you pass we'll still exercise our fair-use rights.

62.3.2007 18:57

I believe I should clarify my first post. Does it really matter that this was done considering that slysoft is available. And why the need for a special disk when most blank media will work in most stand alone players anyhow. Just a shame that they haven't figured out that they are losing money in the end. Face the facts if someone wants to aquire an illegal copy of something they are going to find a way to do it. That leaves the rest of us who purchase content legally and want to back it up for safe keeping with little to no options. I grew tired of it long ago that is why I seldom purchase dvd's until they hit the bargain bin. Hence no sales = lost money!

73.3.2007 7:33

Originally posted by Blackjax:
need for a special disk when most blank media will work in most stand alone players anyhow.
Its a new revenue stream.

83.3.2007 10:00

It's a good idea since there are tons of people who have no idea on how to rip let alone burn media,my dad would be a perfect example, i'm always astounded he can still

95.3.2007 3:02

I think it is a sound, forward thinking money making idea. They may not be repeating the mistakes of the audio industry. Hackers will hack everything anyway. To try to keep everything hack-proof is totally moronic.

The copy protection will prevent 9 of every 10 persons from hacking it. That one will not be stopped anyway. This way they have opened up endless possibilities for retail while keeping costs down. Hopefully, they will price the movies correctly. If they will sell old releases for about $5 they could make a killing. That is a little more than a week rental. That would really hurt the copy busting industry. That industry thrives on the greed of the movie industry. Why would you rent a movie for 4.50 and burn it to a .50 disk if you could just do it leagly for about the same money????

Of course, they could show the world they are every bit as stupid and greedy as the music industry by trying to sell burned disks for the same price as the real deal sold at Best Buy or Wall Mart. The music industry sells crippled inferior quality tunes for more money than the real deal then cries foul when persons get same quality but not crippled tunes off the P2P networks.

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