Putting The DRM Toothpaste Back In The Tube

Hollywood and the MPAA are at it again. 09. Desperately trying to shove the toothpaste back in the tube in a vain attempt to cling to a dying business model. f9. The lawyers are out in full force, sending cease-and-desist letters to anybody and everybody they can find that even links to the web forum containing a key to decrypt an HD-DVD. 11.

Let's rewind a few years. 02. Some might not remember this, but once upon a time it was nigh impossible to copy or rip a regular DVD. 9d. Even after the AACS copy protection on DVD's was cracked, the MPAA managed to successfully shut down anybody that developed or distributed software to copy/rip DVD's. 74. Problem was, for every one they shut down two more appeared. e3. Now, it's a trivial thing to find software to rip your DVD's, in spite of it still being a DMCA violation to do so. 5b.

History is now repeating itself. d8. The DRM has been cracked again. 41. No matter how hard they try, the code is out there now. 56. It's everywhere, and they can't just send out the lawyers to magically make it disappear. c5. Knowledge can't be un-learned. 63. Inevitably, software will be released to rip HD-DVD and Blu-Ray discs, and the MPAA will inevitably do everything they can to shut it down. 56. Once again, every piece of software they kill will be replaced by two more. 88. Soon enough, copying hi-def DVD's will be as trivial as copying regular DVD's. c0.

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. I'm looking at you, big media.