lets think about this… [begin rant] records - protection (none, but you couldnt make your own records, b/c no one had a record press) tapes - protection (none, did the riaa and their respective companies go out of business) audio cds - protection (none, for the first dozen or so years, now they put drm on it to keep us from using our “fair rights” w/ content we pay to have access to, but apparently dont really pay enough to make the greedy corporate machine happy vhs - protection (macrovision - light and dark image output’d from the copy of the image; which could be easily and not illegal by outputting from one device to another and then recording) dvd - protection (css, the mpaa’s big pedistal of protection, and it was broken by a 14 year old programmer) hd-dvd/blu-ray - protection (new-css, mpaa’s 2nd guess at whats going to be protection by also requiring that output device is “licensed” and its manufacturer can be sued for allowing its “code” to be revealed, that same 14 year old, now 20 iirc, says that he will break it as soon as its released) now, i know that im young, and wasnt really around during the record age, and didnt really get into the tape media, but it goes as this records (mostly my parents) 100 tapes (purchased) 20-30 vhs (purchased) 10-20 vhs (recorded) 100* mostly SVHS from highschool studio (dont even have a player for them) audio cds (purchased) 250-350 (i gave up counting them when i started getting dvds) dvds (purchased) - 310 titles (~600 discs as most are double, or tv series which i just list as 1 title per season) i own 2 audio cd players, 2 discman, in-dash cdplayer. 2 foreign (chinese) regionless dvd players (so i can watch both PAL & NTSC dvds b/c the corporate machines are greedy and dont want to release a lot of movies in R1 b/c they are “too controversial” or “they wont make enough money from the cult followers” 1 xbox (non-moded) 1 42" sony RP-HDTV w/ 1 hdmi-hdcp now, that i have shown that i am a VALID CONSUMER, and not just some random noisebox making noise… i think the MPAA needs to STOP worrying about DRM and pirates and make content that MAKES people want to buy it b/c its just that D*MN GOOD. when dvds came out not everyone had broadband, so 4gb was completely insane to try to download, now that everyone has 4gb the mpaa/riaa think that everyone downloads movies (either 4gb, or reduced down to 700mb to fit on a cd-r) but still @ 480i format (720x480,720x580 PAL) now if any stupid kid can use a program and take a poorly mastered dvd (as most dvds SUCK in terms of bitrate, e.g. > 5mbps and that mpeg2 compression is so lazily done that there is macroblocking in EVERYSCENE!) and reduce it to a still “dvd quality” 700mb file, what does that say about the initial quality of the content !? now, im sure that they are going to try to do that now, as when you look @ 1080i or 1080p content, its enormous compared to that of a traditionaly what is considered “great quality”. but isnt this just their failing to learn from history and repeating it? when dvd’s came out 4gb was a lot and css was “unbreakable”, now 29-50gb hd/blu-ray discs is “a lot” and acss is “unbreakable” i dont see why they [mpaa / studios] dont EMBRACE the “fanboys” and experts from the field rather than closing themselves off from them and then ignoring their complaints when the content they release is TERRIBLE, in both content and in format!!! and to further sustain their corporate captialistic nature rather than taking the time to change in the CHANGING WORLD AROUND THEM which gave them their establishment as PROVIDERS not even 100 years ago !?