Do not rip DVD’s in Linux

This is illegal. Do not do this in the US. Or, do it only for CD’s that you totally own. Like, you are the artist formerly known as Prince and you are going to rip your own DVD off of your own DVD. That is probably not legal either.

So, for those of you tuning in from Bora Bora:

And remember, Linux is not for everyone.

Arrrrrr….

Comments

  1. #1 Dan J
    July 9, 2009

    Actually, merely watching a DVD on a Linux machine is illegal in most circumstances. Even playing an MP3 falls into a gray area, unless you purchase codecs for media playback and a DVD player through the Ubuntu store from a couple of their partners.

  2. #2 jdac
    July 9, 2009

    Damn the DMCA for giving corporate coercion of US citizens the force of law. As if handing the Cult of Scientology another legal cudgel wasn’t egregious enough.

    I’m reading True Names and the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier right now, and contemplating this kind of thing evokes uncomfortable associations to Alan Wexelbat’s “panopticon” doomsday scenario from his essay “How is the NII like a Prison?”

    (*installs PGP module for thunderbird and turns on Tor*)

  3. #3 omar
    July 9, 2009

    If you can’t follow the law of the land you should move back to the country you came from.

  4. #4 ByteReader
    July 9, 2009

    @omar #3

    So, we should blindly follow the law, even if the law is egregiously unjust? We should just accept anything forced into law, even if it is wrong?

    And what country does he come from? And why should he go back there? Something does not follow in your argument.

  5. #5 Dan J
    July 9, 2009

    If you can’t follow the law of the land you should move back to the country you came from.

    Or work to change the “law of the land”. That’s one of the great things about the country I live in. The laws aren’t etched in stone. (Religious snark intended, of course.)

  6. #6 Agencja Reklamowa
    July 10, 2009

    Law is something that we can change and I think that lawyers should take care of some serious cases. He had some reason to move from his country and he can stay and try to do anything he can to stay here.

  7. #7 Ian
    July 10, 2009

    “If you can’t follow the law of the land you should move back to the country you came from.”

    Omar seems to be laboring under the delusion that literally everyone is an immigrant. Should we all move back to east Africa, since that’s where we all ultimately came from?

  8. #8 The Science Pundit
    July 10, 2009

    Should we all move back to east Africa, since that’s where we all ultimately came from?

    I don’t think that word means what you think it means. Wouldn’t it be more appropriate to move back to the ocean? :-P

  9. #9 Jason Thibeault
    July 10, 2009

    Welp, best get back to the old primordial ooze. I’ll just shred myself back down into RNA now.

  10. #10 Stephanie Z
    July 10, 2009

    Not good enough, Jason. I demand hydrogen.

  11. #11 Ben Zvan
    July 10, 2009

    Hydrogen? That’s way too recent. We need a good dose of nothingness.

  12. #12 Jason Thibeault
    July 10, 2009

    Look, you can’t get everything back into nothing! That’s just not scientific! [/hovind]

  13. #13 Brandon
    July 10, 2009

    So wait, you cannot rip CDs or DVDs in Linux, but you can in Windows or Mac? I am clearly missing a few details here.

  14. #14 Greg Laden
    July 10, 2009

    I applaud omar’s very dry sense of humor.

  15. #15 Dan J
    July 10, 2009

    So wait, you cannot rip CDs or DVDs in Linux, but you can in Windows or Mac? I am clearly missing a few details here.

    The details come in the form of licenses. When you purchase an operating system from Microsoft or Macintosh, part of that purchase price goes toward licensing fees that the developer paid to the owner of a proprietary piece of software in order to include that software in the OS. Because Linux is usually available for free, the developers include only freely available open source software. To my knowledge there is no freely available open source DVD player available, as the required decryption algorithms are proprietary.

  16. #16 Brandon
    July 11, 2009

    Huh, I always thought of DVD as some open medium just floating around. Thanks for clearing that up.

  17. #17 Dan J
    July 11, 2009

    Oh, the DVD media itself isn’t the problem. See Content Scramble System on Wikipedia for some background info. The CSS keys used for encryption/decryption must be licensed from the DVD Copy Control Association. Most major studios are members of this association. You might (or might not) notice that many DVDs from small distribution companies are not encrypted. These distributors/publishers realize that the DRM does not help them, and they aren’t willing to pay licensing fees for something that simply doesn’t work.

  18. #18 The Science Pundit
    July 11, 2009

    All my friends who have kids hate the DRM and are always looking for the latest pirating software. If there’s one thing in life that’s for sure (besides death and taxes), it’s that kids will destroy DVD’s. That’s why when you pick up the latest Pixar DVD, the first thing you want to do is rip it, then burn off several copies, and keep the original where the kids can’t get to it.

  19. #19 omar
    July 11, 2009

    If your DVD breaks, they should give you a new one. But they don’t. They claim you did not really buy the DVD, you bought the rights. But then, you shold be able to protect your rights by making a copy.

  20. #20 Dan J
    July 11, 2009

    Yes, you should be able to protect yourself by making a backup copy, but that’s not what the entertainment industry wants. They only want your money. And since they already have so much of it to begin with, which allows them to purchase all the legislation power they desire, they usually get what they want.

  21. #21 MarkusR
    July 12, 2009

    The person who said that DVD is better than VHS because DVD doesn’t degrade with every use, never had kids.

  22. #22 agencja Reklamowa
    July 14, 2009

    Totally agree! Kids are nightmare! Law should allow us to make as many copies as we want when we have kids in house. I keep my DVD’s and BluRay’s in the locked case. I hope they will never guess the code to the lock.

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