>>Microsoft Windows 98 is
>>allowed to read DVD Video, it appears... Microsoft is the only PC DVD
>Only if you mean Intel x86 by "PC." You can run DVD movies on a Mac as
>well, with the right decoding hardware/software.
I did mean that (except it need not be _Intel_ x86
specifically). Usually Macs are called Macs, not PCs. To call a Mac a
PC invites an attack by hordes of Mac users, who as a group, hate
Wintel as much or even more than Linux users.
Quote:>Note that DVD RAMs (writable DVDs) do *not* have this restriction. You
>can put any sort of data on them you want. These can them be read by DVD
>ROM drives like any other removable media, as long as the content is in a
>format readable by the computer the DVD ROM is connected to.
True enough, but...
Quote:>It seems to me that one open source alternative would be to implement an
>MPEG2 decoder that reads MPEG2 encoded video from ordinary DVD ROM disks
Implement an open-source MPEG2 alternative? Patent infringement of
See the www.mpegla.com site.
Quote:>(i.e., not the encrypted DVD Video disks). Of course, the problem becomes,
Still infringes MPEG-2. According to www.mpegla.com use of those
patents is _essential_ (their words, and their emphasis) to implement
the spec. Use the patented technology? You infringe. Don't use it? You
are in non-compliance with the spec, and unable to read ANY DVD Video,
encrypted or not. Same with encoding. Let's say I make an open DVD
Video disk with my own content since I neither want to or am able to
make an encrypted disk. Well I still got to use the patented MPEG2 or
else no standard DVD Video system will be able to understand it. So
much for any Linux authoring of DVD-Video.
Quote:>"What are you going to use as content?" Since any content creator with
>half a brain is going to *want* her/his
>film/movie/video/play/concert/music etc. in a secure, difficult to pirate
>format, who is actually going to provide content to be placed on an open
>source MPEG2 DVD disk?
Who knows? What percentage of DVD Video disks are encrypted?
Quote:>Alternatively, if the decoding were done in hardware (say a PCI card made
>by a manufacturer who had licensed the technology) then that decoder card
>could be used under Linux, as long as the manufacturer provided Linux
>developers enough info to write a driver for the card. This would prevent
>the release of sensitive decoding source, and would allow DVD video to be
>viewed under Linux.
>You see, the reason Linux is currently locked out of DVD video is that
>Linux is fundamentally opposed to keeping intellectual property in the
>sole control of those who wish to make money from it. DVD video is *all
>about* keeping intellectual property (films, music, etc.) in the sole
>control of those who wish to make money from it (the copyright holders).
Right, and let me mention as an aside it is not about helping the
actual creators, but those that exploit both the creators and the
public. Look at the MP3 mess where some authors want to use the format
but are denied by their studios.
Quote:>As a result, even if Linux developers create a Linux-based DVD video
>solution, no one would be foolish enough to provide content for it. The
>only way Linux is getting in on this particular medium is to play by the
>rules of the commercial world, not by open source.
Maybe DVD needs to be killed. Who remembers DAT? Who uses it now?
Not very many.
P.S. my spell checker offered "dud" as an alternative to DVD. Hmm,