A proposed amendment to the current copy protection license governing DVDs would completely ban all DVD backups, and prevent DVD playback without the DVD disk being present inside the drive.
The proposed amendment was made public in a letter sent by Michael Malcolm, the chief executive of Kaleidescape, a DVD jukebox company which successfully defeated a suit by the DVD Copy Control Association (DVD CCA) this past March. The proposed amendment is scheduled for a vote on Wednesday, according to Malcolm.
A spokesman for the CCA said he was not aware of the proposed amendment, but added that he could not comment until the CCA had finished its deliberations. A spokeswoman for Kaleidescape said she understood that a final decision could take weeks, if not months.
A very stupid and scary law if passed. This would totally violate our own property rights. If this passes, then it would mean gun makers could tell you not to use guns we buy in self defense, it would mean food sellers could tell you not to eat their food that you paid for, it would mean water providers could tell you not to drink the water you bought. Fact is that when a seller provides you product and you buy it, it is now your property and you can do what you please with it. Amazing how our own right to property is diminishing in this country, and yet a “communist” country like China has last year enacted a law where all citizens have a right to private property and it cannot be taken away without a trial and due process.