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Copy protection bites MS in the ass

Posted By on October 7, 2005


Nutshell version:

  • Sony caves to Fox and adds strong copy protection to Blu-Ray format. This protection is supposed to “stop piracy”, but basically the concern is that it will only play movies in an approved DVD player, and not in PC's.
  • Since MS's XBox 360 plans center around a standard DVD drive and streaming movies from a PC to the XBox, this potentially throws a huge monkey wrench in their plans.
  • Meanwhile, the PS3 will have a Blu-Ray drive, so it can work like a normal DVD player.

See little children, copy protection is BAD. You could do way more cool things if there wasn't any copy protection.

Oh, in a related story, Sony was telling people how to circumvent their own copy protection in order to be able to put the CD's on iPods. Link


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