I know that there are software programs that will crack the copy protection and will convert DVD’s to Single layer discs. Dual Layer DVD disc are still a bit steep. If the Companies would let the consumer copy the discs with the copy protection still enabled that would be a difference maker or replace the disc if it becomes damaged beyond being resurfaced. I have a copy of Stephen Kings the Stand (out of print) and I refuse to play the main discs due to this reason and that it is around 50-100 dollars on Amazon.com. I believe that if these disc that are printed with copy protecton be SCRATCH AND WARP (bends of the layers making inoperable).
I know that this is violating the DCMA Act of 2000, but the consumer can still make one of copy on Disc and one Hard copy (on Hard drive or other media that is somewhat reliable).
DVD’s like Saw 3 and Stranger than fiction are some of the discs that are exceptionally difficult for the lay person to copy the Discs with from what I read with 99 VTSs problems.
As for say with the copyrights, If I go to the Library and print off digital material from a compter and use it for research am I breaking the law of DCMA. What is the difference? You have to have a login and password to access the documents. Just like a Video Rental Store, Paying your money for Renting the Disc and making a Copy of the disc for future use should be allowed. You pay your fee at the Library for digital material and use it for whatever, just like a library at a video store.
Don’t Blame the Americans that do not have a right to have their own single personal copy. Studies show that Canada offers 50% of the worlds Piracy of movies and Music due to they pay Royalties to watch the movies. I have personal witnessed a person Video taping a Movie inside a Theater in Canada with the Audio Jacks from the Seat WHICH is Legal in Canada due to the Royalties Canada Pays. This is real Piracy but the person did pay to watch the movie.
Another note, It is illegal in the US to have a Exteral Terrestrial HDTV turner in their HTPC and Download the HDTV feeds in Transport Streams (.TS) with full 1080p. It this illegal. Is It Illegal to have a HD TV DVR from the cable company and take the movies off the Hard Drive and convert them to TS streams to watch on a computer. I know that there are converions of x264 for HD movies among bit torrent sites with HD.
The Big Problem is that there is no problem with the above paragragh is that to this date that there is NO .EVO (HD DVD, I do not know the Blu-ray and the Xbox 360 External Drive is the Cheapest I know with a good quality HD drive) file conversion program to convert HD DVDs to TS streams that I know of at time of this thread and I have not fully researched for a program since I tried 3 weeks ago. I know that a Person can fully rip the movie but is not able to Burn it unless on Dual layer and there is no compression Program for this file format.
I also know that a super fast and super graphical computer have to be utilzed to watch the High Definitions either Blu Ray or HD DVD. I believe that an HDCP Chip should be on the Add-in Card or part of the Ageia Physix card so that a person can watch their movies on their HTPC with a non compliant card or Video Driver.