Saw a link to this news story posted on one of my DVD sites, and I am furious as hell. If this law actually passes, it's going to destroy the home video market. It's pretty much just DIVX turned into a ludicrous law. Here's a copy of the story, as well as a link to it and to HomeTheaterForum.com's reaction.
Dealers Worry About Efforts By Copyright Holders
Posted: 8:59 a.m. EDT August 12, 2002
Piracy is probably the No. 1 threat to the video industry, but it's not the only one.
Sean Bersell, with the video and DVD trade group, the Video Software Dealers Association, says there are concerns about efforts by copyright holders. He says they're trying to restrict and limit the use of home video products by placing so-called "locks" on digital products. In other words, a consumer would not be able to watch a video or DVD multiple times.
There's a measure in the U.S. Senate just now that would do just that.
Bersell says the bill would allow copyright holders to place a code on a DVD that would allow it to be viewed a certain number of times or be played only on the first DVD player that it is viewed on.
After that, it would lock up and be unplayable.
Bersell believes this will become a big issue in the years ahead.
MTFBWY and HH!!
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