[mythtv-users] OT: Is playing DVD's on Linux legal in the US yet?
masterclc at gmail.com
Sun Apr 9 23:51:28 UTC 2006
On 4/9/06, William <wmunson at rochester.rr.com> wrote:
> AFAIK it is still illegal to decode any encripted dvd in the usa unless you
> do so with a MPAA approved commercial decoder. That includes playing as well
> as ripping.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org
> > [mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Chad
> > Sent: Sunday, April 09, 2006 7:21 PM
> > To: Discussion about mythtv
> > Subject: [mythtv-users] OT: Is playing DVD's on Linux legal
> > in the US yet?
> > This is a 2 part discussion:
> > 1. Any new news on playing DVD's on linux? The latest thing
> > I can find is: http://lxer.com/module/forums/t/20469/
> > Beyond that, it's back in what, 2001 where there were 2 cases
> > that seemed to be defining DVD's on linux, and the outcome of
> > either case didn't really answer the question clearly. Is
> > DeCSS illegal in the US? The funny thing is that I see
> > people on this list who were associated with those cases, so
> > I assume they definitely know where the line is drawn. I'm
> > not even wondering about ripping, simply playing DVD's via MythTV.
> > 2. Is it a simple configuration parameter when compiling
> > mythplugins to remove the ability to rip DVD's, yet still
> > allow playing? And a sorta addon to this part, are there any
> > legal issues using mplayer to playback Home Videos that were
> > encoded in windows using windows codecs/software?
> > Thanks!
> > Chad
> > _______________________________________________
Thanks for the fast follow up!
So who is held 'liable'? For companies like Mythic.tv and plutohome,
do they not distribute all of mythtv; or is it the end user who is
technicially 'breaking the law' if they wrongfully play/rip a
commercial DVD in linux?
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