Guilty... §

I am sick and tired of being treated like a criminal when I haven’t committed, nor intend to commit, any crime. I am sick of the RIAA and the MPAA treating their customers like dirt, locking down DVDs and CDs so that perfectly normal people with no nefarious intent can’t even WATCH or LISTEN to the media they purchase.

What am I talking about? I just bought Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on DVD. (You can call me a dork or loser later, I like these films.) Keep in mind I paid for this DVD at an authorized retailer (Target) and brought it home without any thought of copying, what is now, my property. In fact, I don’t even have a DVD burner. Anyway, being the horrible, cruel intentioned human being that I am, Warner Bros. decided to include some fantastic copy protection on this disc so that I can’t even play it.

That’s right. I put the DVD in my iMac, the DVD Player opens, and then nothing. The disc doesn’t even show up in the Finder as being mounted. I did a quick lookup in Disk Utility, and the DVD is there, it’s just “locked.” Huh? Are you serious?

I always watch movies on my computer. My computer is in my room, and my TV and DVD Player are not. I happen to like to watch movies that I purchase legally, on my computer, in my bedroom, where I can lie in bed and fall asleep, if I feel so inclined, whilst partaking in the entertainment value of my property.

This is bullshit. I would return the thing — but you’re not allowed to return DVD media… because, naturally, I must have copied it first.

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