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I don’t always rip my DVDs, but when I do I prefer to do it myself

March 13, 2012 DMCA , DRM

It looks like the ridiculous “drive-to-the-store-and-pay-to-have-us-rip-your-dvds” service that was hinted at last week was not a joke. Today Wal-Mart and the major movie studios are rolling it out for real.

As we have already detailed, this program is insulting to the public and embarrassing to movie studios, but let’s go a bit deeper. We should be clear about one thing – there is nothing inherently wrong with movie studios and Wal-Mart offering people a service that lets them upload their movies to a cloud service. Furthermore, there is nothing wrong with charging them for the privilege.

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Tell The USTR Not to Do Big Content’s Bidding

February 1, 2012 ACTA , DMCA , DRM , Enforcement , Special 301

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) is asking for public comment in its Special 301 inquiry for 2012. Special 301 is an annual report that the USTR compiles listing countries that allegedly fail to provide adequate and effective protection for intellectual property rights of US persons. As we have said before, this report has turned into an exercise that arm-twists countries into instituting laws and policies that serve the interests of big content even where these policies hurt the free expression and due process rights of citizens.

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Help Make it Legal to Rip Your DVDs

January 26, 2012 Anti-circumvention , Copyright Office , DMCA , DRM

Quick – what’s the legal difference between ripping a CD and ripping a DVD?  Ripping a DVD is a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and could get you sued.  Unlike CDs, DVDs are protected by a digital lock.  The mere act of breaking that lock – even for a legitimate purpose – is a violation of the DMCA. 

Fortunately, the DMCA also has a built-in mechanism to deal with situations where it prevents people from doing legitimate things.  And that’s why we need your help to make sure that DVD ripping is granted an exemption from the DMCA.

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PK In the Know Podcast

August 12, 2011 DRM , Music , TV Everywhere

On today’s podcast, we discuss Jay-Z and Kanye’s successful battle against album leaks, avoiding the Apple app store rules with rich web apps, cable and satellite drifting towards luxury-only, and Walmart having to keep its DRM servers on even after it closes its online music store.  We also talk with Cody Sumter and Jason Boggess of Minecraft.Print(), the script that bridges the worlds of 3D printing and Minecraft.

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PK In the Know Podcast

December 3, 2010 Comcast , DRM , FCC , Network Neutrality , Piracy

In this week’s podcast, we talk Net Neutrality, the various troubles of Comcast, PK’s Creator’s Freedom Project, and interview Jane Litte about her project lostbooksales.com that tracks lost ebook sales due to restrictive licensing or incompatibility.

You can download the audio directly by clicking here (MP3) or stream it using the player below:

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