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Monday, July 26, 2010

Sorry Bloggers, the DMCA Will Not Crumble Here Today

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 11:00 AM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/court-rul...ile+Technology)

"On Friday, a Federal Court of Appeals judge issued a ruling with potentially important implications for music and movie rippers. In the case of MGE UPS Systems Inc. vs GE Consumer and Industrial Inc, the court ruled that GE employees did not violate the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DCMA) when they bypassed security dongles in order to repair some of MGE's uninterruptible power supplies."

The DMCA, the most frustrating piece of legislation ever written from a technology geek perspective, isn't going anywhere just yet. Laptop Magazine's Avram Piltch (is it me, or does that sound like the name of a Harry Potter character?) nails the issue exactly: there's no encryption being broken here. It would be akin to your DVD player at home needing a special dongle to start up, but the DVD you're putting in for playback having no encryption on it whatsoever. That's not the way things work though, and thus the DMCA hasn't been overruled. Like every other blogger writing about this, I'm not a lawyer either, but I think the judge understood exactly what he was doing with this ruling.


Monday, October 26, 2009

My Movies v3 Released

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.mymovies.dk/home/news-history.aspx

"My Movies 3 is now available with a fully redesigned Media Center interface, for Windows Vista Media Center and Windows 7 Media Center. My Movies 3 is build with focus on reliability, stability and speed. My Movies 3 will easily handle collections up to 5,000 titles, or even larger. The default functionalities in My Movies 3 is free as they were in My Movies 2, and as in My Movies 2, some advanced features requires a certain amount of points to be unlocked."

My Movies is an incredibly power, though somewhat complex program that allows you to have a very rich experience browsing through your movies. This is the holy grail for me, and I'm trying to figure out what the best way to do this is. I don't really want to connect a PC to my TV, but it seems like that might be the only option because the Xbox 360 is so weak when it comes to being a great digital media player.


Friday, October 9, 2009

Blu-ray Digital Copy: Only a Good Experience for iTunes Users

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 07:00 AM

There are a lot of things that I don't like about Blu-ray as a format, but as the industry has settled on it as the physical standard for HD discs, things have slowly started to improve. One such improvement is the increased proliferation of Managed Digital Copy on Blu-ray discs. It works like this: in many new Blu-ray packages, you'll have the Blu-ray disc, a regular DVD, and a small card with a code on it. When you insert the regular DVD in your computer, you'll typically get an auto-loader (pictured above) for the movie, and it will give you the ability to transfer a DVD resolution (or lower if they offer a portable device version) copy of the movie to your computer in one of two DRM-laden formats: iTunes MPEG4, or Windows Media Player WMV. In each case, the code you're provided is used to authenticate the WMV and MPEG4 versions of the movie. The neat part is that you can get both the iTunes and Windows Media Player versions of the movie - I did this with four Blu-ray discs I purchased. Read more...


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