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Posted Mar 1, 2007 9:35 UTC (Thu) by PhilHannent (guest, #1241)
Parent article: Another attempt at DMCA reform - sort of

"so the law will not legalize DeCSS on the basis that it can be used to skip the leading commercials on DVDs - something your editor finds highly "personally objectionable."

/rant on

I am glad I am not the only one, also I see no reason to be forced to watch a copyright notice (often there are two) on a DVD I have purchased. Surely if a pirate was ripping the DVD he would just chop out these parts?

If I were in the U.S. could I sue for all those lost thirty seconds? They must surely be adding up by now?

/rant off

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Posted Mar 1, 2007 15:23 UTC (Thu) by mightyduck (guest, #23760) [Link]

What is personally objectionable is a matter of taste and not a matter of
law. I, for instance, find pr0n not at all objectionable but I highly
object to truck and SUV commercials. So, if it's legal to skip
objectionable content, it should be perfectly legal to skip commercials.


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Posted Mar 2, 2007 1:52 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954) [Link]

You may have misunderstood the reference to skipping commercials in the article. The proposed law doesn't say that skipping commercials is still illegal because they are not personally objectionable. It says DeCSS is still illegal because it can be used for things other than skipping commercials -- for example, copying a movie for a friend.

BTW that "copyright notice" -- the one in which the fast forward button is disabled -- isn't even a copyright notice. It is just a warning about copyright law. And it irritates me more than I can say. Mainly because of the idiocy it represents -- that someone somewhere believes forcing everyone to sit through the warning will reduce copying.

I would pay a lot of money for a DVD player that has a "play the damn movie" button, skipping the previews, warnings, disclaimers, menus, wipes, and logos. It isn't yet worth the labor to build one, but I'm getting there.

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Posted Mar 3, 2007 0:01 UTC (Sat) by ldo (guest, #40946) [Link]

...also I see no reason to be forced to watch a copyright notice (often there are two) on a DVD I have purchased.

On my Pioneer DVD video recorder with hard drive, I switch from DVD to HDD mode as soon as the copyright notice comes up. Then when I switch back to DVD mode, I can usually go straight to the disc menu without the notice appearing. Works with most discs. :)

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Posted Mar 8, 2007 9:26 UTC (Thu) by niner (subscriber, #26151) [Link]

If you don't want to watch it - then don't do it. That's what great software like mplayer enables you to do.

I was very irritated when I was at a friend's and we had to wait 10 minutes for crap to play before the actual movie started. I really don't understand, why people go along with this.

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