Originally posted by Scarpad
I must be missing something here what exactly has the industry done to you? [/B]
They've done plenty... not personally to me, but to consumers in general... for example, the infamous DMCA. The DMCA effectively prohibits backing up your own DVD's since circumventing any copy protection scheme is illegal. They even went after Johansen in Norway, then 16 years old for developing software to watch his own store bought & paid for DVD's on his Linux box. The MPAA went after him through the Norwegian's Economic Crime Unit...
Earlier, they brought suit against the web site 2600 for publishing DeCSS... by the way, bypassing Region Coding is also a crime.
They now want a "broadcast flag" embedded in digital broadcasts and requires equipment manufacturer to make hardware check for the flag before playing it back. This means that you can't record TV shows off the air and replay it when we're all digital (supposed to be soon, but maybe off for a while)...
The industry also wants any device capable of playing back digital media to have copy protection hardware built in. This means computers, CD players, etc.
The list goes on and on. They're looking after their interests and I can't blame them, but when it starts to hurt my interests, then I get pissed.
$15 for a 2-disc set is a rip-off still... I can't blame you for being ignorant; after all, you've been conditioned that this is reasonable, especially compared to Laser Discs - let's not start on that. Raw manufacturing costs on these discs with the packaging and everything is less than $1... they've already recupped their capital investment in equipment for mastering, etc. so you can't count that... take marketing & a very reasonable profit into account and I still can't get near $15.
The industry has been hit hard in a recent judgement forcing recording companies from Capitol Records to Time Warner to Sony Music and retailers such as Tower Records and Musicland to pay almost $150 million to consumers (works out to about $20 for those who've signed up) for fixing the prices of music CD's. Just do a Google search and you'll find it - don't take my word for it.
DVD's aren't any different. The RIAA and the MPAA are in the same league; it's just that the MPAA hasn't suffered as much as the RIAA. Whereas CD sales have dropped 7% globally in 2002, DVD sales actually grew 31%.
I'm out to hurt the MPAA, even on a small level. Do you understand now?