[vdr] OT: issues about binary only code in GPLed programs [WAS] future VDR and Net??eiver OEM from Reelmultimedia

Simon ml_simon_vdr at bigblue.demon.co.uk
Sun Jul 1 23:41:25 CEST 2007


Georg Acher wrote:

> And quite frankly, the "dumb" consumer doesn't care about HDCP and its
> implications. Compared to DRM on music, HDCP is invisible to him, he has no
> visible disadvantage. So all the boycott stuff is for freaks only. The
> consumer buys a display with HDMI and it just works (with or without
> HDCP). BTW: HDMI doesn't mean you have to enable HDCP.

I cannot let this pass.

They don't know they need to care, but they will, down the line after
their money has been taken.

I own a sony HD projector that is not permitted to display HD content!
this will happen to a lot more people and they will care. Especially
when the next DRM protocol comes along. Its already happening to both
protocols and DRM standards. I noticed that on the xine mailing
list there was a request to encode wma content because their phone
only supported that. With the rapidly growing green awareness there
is the potential for a backlash against manufacturers that force
consumers to dump working kit just because the hardware doesn't talk
the same protocol. open standards are the only way to prevent that kind
of waste and frustration. The problem with all DRM (and to some degree
the rapidly changing protocols) is that the problems appear long after
the initial purchase. They control the interface between equipment or
media and as such it costs significant resources to fix, repair, replace
or bypass etc and then only if its legal and purchasable.


Simon






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