Dvd decrypting legal woes

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Dvd decrypting legal woes

Postby hairymunky » Thu Jun 09, 2005 9:24 am

I see the guy that wrote/maintained DVD decrypter (Windows) has been threatend with legal action over his program for making DVD backups, and therefor has been forced to abandon the program:

http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=23746

Ok, its a windows program... but I'm in the middle of writing a similar app for linux under KDE. Although, my version uses libdvdcss and dvdread for copying the DVD, and my GUI is basically just a frontend (at the moment) for those two libraries.
Although I havent released any files/code yet, as it's not quite up and running, should I be worried about bigwigs banging down my door, and carting me off up the street screaming, or as my code will be open and free, should things be ok...??
I thought it was legal to make backups of DVDs that you own as long as they're for your own personal use (ie make a backup to use in the car etc)

Advice anyone...??
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RE: Dvd decrypting legal woes

Postby youlikeicecream » Thu Jun 09, 2005 11:00 am

Slysoft gets around this problem by having offshore servers where the law is different

http://www.slysoft.com
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RE: Dvd decrypting legal woes

Postby youlikeicecream » Thu Jun 09, 2005 11:01 am

www.nick-andrew.net/Documents/digital-freedom.shtml

this is also a very nice peice of Rant material on the subject
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RE: Dvd decrypting legal woes

Postby hairymunky » Fri Jun 10, 2005 5:47 pm

hmmm, well I'm going to keep working on my project.
Probably end up getting carted off to jail :)

god damn DRM!!
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