If Hollywood wasn’t chasing after some company because of what they determine is piracy of sorts, we bloggers would miss writing about copying DVD’s. Before I go any further with this story, let me express my feelings about this controversy and also the one surrounding the copying of DVD’s, for movies or games.
Whether one is plucking down $50 for a game or $30 for a movie, our investment is in jeopardy because of how fragile CD and DVD disks are. One simple scratch can render the disk unusable. Because of the fragile nature of compact disk, I personally believe we consumers have a perfect right to protect our investment by having the ability to backup our stuff. However, the movie and gaming industry considers us all as pirates if we do this.
In a recent article at The New York Times they cover why Hollywood is suing RealNetworks for their software known as Facet. It states the following:
RealNetworks says it wants to help increase DVD sales by allowing people to copy their movie discs. Hollywood studios say that idea will only hurt their already struggling business. The two sides square off in a federal court here on Friday to determine who prevails.
The case is ostensibly about RealDVD, a $30 software program that allows users to save digital copies of Hollywood DVDs to their computers — a capability the movie industry strenuously objects to, worrying that it will stimulate piracy and undermine the budding market for digital downloads.
But the outcome of the trial, set against the backdrop of plummeting DVD sales, could also have more far-reaching effects on the future capabilities of the DVD player — a device connected to millions of television sets.
Before it started making RealDVD software for computers, Real was also developing DVD-saving software that it hoped to license to manufacturers of DVD players, according to the company’s executives and legal filings in the case.
That software, which the company refers to by its internal name, Facet, would allow companies like Sony, Samsung and Toshiba to sell DVD players capable of making digital copies of all discs, even movie DVDs that have anticopying software, called C.S.S.
The owners of those devices could save copies of their DVDs to watch later — much as people use digital video recorders like TiVo to save live television programs.
Real has built a prototype of a Facet device that runs on the Linux operating system, which is used in many digital set-top boxes. The device can hold about 70 movies, which take up to 20 minutes to copy.
I believe I have a solution to protect us consumers from being saddled with unusable disk. Make them tougher! Make the disk with a harden outer layer that would be scratch resistant. No one can tell me that with our technology that this can’t be done.
What do you think?