Apple HDCP

Apple Bends to Studios, Adds Copyright Protection to MacBooks.

10 replies on “Apple HDCP”

Nothing has fundamentally changed. They merely decided to exercise the control that they’ve always had over your DRM’d media. I’m happily using Amazon’s DRM-free MP3 store. Until such a store is available for movies, I’ll be getting my movies elsewhere.

[…] Here is why you should not buy films from iTunes. (Oh God, what a bunch of A-holes these Apple folks are. Just when I was beginning to think they were getting out of one grave, they are digging a new one for themselves with things like these.) [via.] […]

At the point it becomes more difficult to use purchased media than pirated media, people will flock to the other medium. Path of least resistance.

I’m all for purchasing media, making sure that the content owner gets paid, but when you purchase a movie (or purchase the rights to watch a movie), you shouldn’t be restricted to what display you get to watch it on.

They just don’t get it…

@ Web Major:

I’m pretty sure the day Napster came online the path of least resistance presented itself.

The approach of the record labels is the problem. They’re assuming that regular consumers are the ones spreading the pirated content, and they’re not.

I’m a firm believer in paying for goods, but that doesn’t mean I have to agree with the “license” that the goods come with.

I’ll happily purchase TV shows and movies off of iTunes.

To do so now is still cheaper than a Dish Network/ DirectTV subscription.

Since we use ?tv’s in our house to watch content, it hasn’t been an issue.


I also have a subscription to Netflix, and have — on several occasions — ripped a DVD of the same movie that I’ve bought when the format available from iTunes didn’t meet my needs (or for backup).

(Or download the file off of BitTorrent.)

I don’t see a problem with doing that at all.

(1) I’ve already “purchased” the content.
(2) The content wasn’t provided to me in a usable format.
(3) I sought out a usable format on my own, and under my own devices.

The record companies and movie studios can “bite my shiny metal ass” (as Bender would say).

[…] Apple has quietly added a “feature” to their latest round of MacBooks to prevent customers from playing digital rights managed (DRM) movies purchased through their iTunes Store on non-compliant external displays. The goal is to plug the so-called “analog loophole” that would allow someone to record the video output for illegal distribution. [via and Matt Mullenweg] […]

That is why nobody should buy INTEL. AMD is better and cheaper although you have to wait for DDR3 to be accepted by AMD.
And as far as McBooks and Apple goes. They didnt advertise it because it would declines sales before X-mass especially and in general was such a dick move. Watch it just as silently they implemented DRM, just as silently they will remove it.

@ Web Major:
I agree.

“At the point it becomes more difficult to use purchased media than pirated media, people will flock to the other medium.”

It’s somewhat absurd that obsessive security prevents what a reasonable customer would consider “fair use”.

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