[mythtv-users] re:MythTV production run
Michael T. Dean
mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Tue May 4 21:34:36 EDT 2004
Bill Chmura wrote:
>What is CSS?
Content Scrambling System = the reason it's a federal felony offense for
a MythTV user (or any Linux user) in the US to *watch* a commercial DVD
on his/her system (regardless of how much he/she paid for the DVD movie).
Most (or, to the best of my knowledge, all) commercial DVD's are
encrypted using the Content Scrambling System. To watch the DVD, it
must be decrypted. The only way to decrypt the disk is using a) a
licensed DVD player or b) a "circumvention" technology like DeCSS.
According to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), the creation,
distribution, or use of any technology which circumvents an encryption
mechanism designed to protect copyrighted digital content is illegal.
The only licensed DVD players which operate on Linux are non-consumer
products built for OEM's building hardware DVD players which use the
Linux OS internally (in other words, we can not buy them, so all
Linux-based DVD players consumers can get for Linux use DeCSS (or one of
its variants, such as libdvdcss)). Note, however, that there are
licensed software DVD players available for Windows and Mac OS (and
possibly other proprietary OS's).
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