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But if you're a teacher, you can rip DVDs

There's no doubt in the world that Apple's iPod is leading the race in terms of sales, popularity, and social status. Apple has done an incredible job at keeping its multimedia pocket-wizard at the top of people's wish lists. Out of the three available flavors of the iPod, the video iPod is Apple's flagship; able to play not only music but also games and full length movies. Despite its features however, movie playback is where controversy has stirred.

This week, the US Library of Congress rejected a petition that would allow US iPod owners from copying movies that they own, onto their iPods. This does not mean that users can't copy movies over -- they would have to purchase licensed iPod versions from Apple's iTunes store. According to the rejection, users are not allowed to rip DVDs that they own for use on their iPods. Ripping DVDs by nature is against a number of legal rules and regulations and is definitely frowned upon by the MPAA.

The original petition submitted to Congress was written by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which is responsible for defending the rights of many media publications and independent organizations. The petition argued that DVD ripping software was now mainstream, and should be accepted as part of business as well as personal use. The EFF also indicated that if the user owned an original copy of a movie, they should be able to watch it on their iPod.

Despite the MPAA's stance that DVD copying and ripping hurts the industry, the EFF argued the following:

The empirical evidence proves just the opposite. During the previous exemption period,
DVD sales and profitability continued to grow at an astonishing pace.29 In fact, DVD sales have proven to be more profitable for motion picture studios in recent years than the formats they replaced, even at a time when DVD ripping software has been popular.30 In addition, major motion picture studios have continued to release new DVD titles in ever-increasing numbers.

The EFF also noted the following about CSS encryption:

Whatever the contribution of CSS to the availability of content on DVD may have been in the past, today the motion picture industry’s willingness to release material on DVD is plainly not correlated to any security provided by CSS.

iPod owners will have to purchase and download legal movies from Apple's online store, which in many cases means that they will have duplicate copies of movies they already own. Despite the ongoing restriction on DVD ripping and copying, the Library of Congress has allowed limited ripping for use in an educational environment only. Professors and instructors in the video industry are allowed to rip DVDs to create clips and instructional materials for teaching.

Movie studios argued that the education industry should be using lower quality VHS rips instead of using DVDs -- even with Congress's blessing.

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Losses to piracy are highly overexaggerated
By encryptkeeper on 11/27/2006 5:40:15 PM , Rating: 5
Has anyone in the movie industry ever taken a REAL look at what piracy is? First, if anyone is making illegal copies of movies and selling them for profit, sure, arrest them. But do you really think that the average person does that? No, the average person goes to Blockbuster, rents a movie, rips and burns it and returns the movie. Big fucking deal. I can record shows off TV and no one says anything bad about that. Hollywood is trying WAY too hard to stop piracy. They inflate the dollars lost to piracy by probably 85 to 90 percent. Why? Because if people had no way to copy DVDs and CDs for virtually nothing, they wouldn't buy legit copies. So Hollywood wouldn't have gotten the sales anyway. So therefore, it's not a real loss. Maybe if Hollywood would make some GOOD movies more than BAD movies people would pay for them. By the way, fuck this Congress, it's run by Republicans who are in the pockets of big business anyway.

RE: Losses to piracy are highly overexaggerated
By Xavian on 11/27/2006 6:48:34 PM , Rating: 1
actually its now run by the democrats ;) But i'm sure this bill was proposed before the democrats came to control the congress.

By giantpandaman2 on 11/27/2006 9:25:03 PM , Rating: 3
It's not run by democrats...yet. They don't take control until January.

RE: Losses to piracy are highly overexaggerated
By ira176 on 11/28/2006 2:01:40 AM , Rating: 4
Congress is run by politicians and no one, democrat or republican is immune to the effects of special interest.

By 05SilverGT on 11/28/2006 9:21:30 AM , Rating: 3
Exactly, this is not a Republican or Democrat issue but one of special interests.

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