June 1st, 2003

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07:08 pm - the idiocy of the MPAA
Item: I wanted to make a copy of a DVD for personal use. I have a DVD burner, so this is usually a pretty simple and painless process.

Item: Turns out that even though the DVD isn't actually multi-angle, the studio burned it multi-angle just to bump the filesize up well over the 4.7GB limit of a single density, ie burned, DVD, presumably "to discourage piracy."

Item: This means that instead of burning myself a simple physical copy, as I had been wont to do, I just spent all of 15 minutes learning how to rip a DVD and process it into an MPEG-4 AVI - single file, very high compression, very high quality, very suitable for mass distribution over the internet via P2P filesharing, and actually very convenient because I don't have to waste the money on a DVD-R to burn it to.

Good fucking move there, guys - thanks to your "innovative piracy prevention measures", I just learned how to distribute extremely high quality copies of your product to millions of people semi-anonymously via the internet, instead of just making a single copy for my own personal use. With thinking like this, I'm GLAD the MPAA is fighting against the ideas I hold dear - they might very well do less damage that way.

Current Mood: annoyed
Current Music: Kool Moe Dee - Let's Go

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[User Picture] From: apotheon
Date: June 1st, 2003 - 04:24 pm

I am highly amused.

[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: June 1st, 2003 - 06:34 pm
Heh heh heh - I thought of you when I posted it, actually. If I had your AIM address I'd have bugged you to go read it when I did. =)

[User Picture] From: apotheon
Date: June 1st, 2003 - 06:48 pm

Get it from herbaliser. Heh.

[User Picture] From: scarlett723
Date: June 1st, 2003 - 08:26 pm
so, basically they're only guarding against people who are too stupid to figure out how to do the process you just described....

[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: June 1st, 2003 - 08:32 pm
Actually, they're making it considerably easier for those people - keep in mind that the absolute lowest common denominator is "fire up your P2P client and click 'Search'."

If they cause people with a little technical ability - and honestly, the shit ain't that hard - to create highly portable streams instead of making physical copies, they're going to DRASTICALLY increase the number of "stupid people" who receive copies from bone-simple vectors like Kazaa.

From: vonpookie
Date: June 2nd, 2003 - 06:25 am
Jason just downloaded some program that he uses with the burner. I don't remember what it is, though. Unless it's something uber-spectacular, we've just been ripping the movie only, no menus/features or anything.

From: aduncous
Date: June 2nd, 2003 - 09:44 am
::humps your leg in glee!::

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