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    Default Sci-Fi meets DVD copywright protection!

    http://www.wired.com/news/digiwood/0,1412,67556,00.html

    Researchers in Los Angeles are developing a new form of piracy protection for DVDs that could make common practices like loaning a movie to a friend impossible.

    University of California at Los Angeles engineering professor Rajit Gadh is leading research to turn radio frequency identification, or RFID, tags into an extremely restrictive form of digital rights management to protect DVD movies.

    RFID tags have been called "wireless bar codes" -- though they hold more data -- and are commonly used for things like ID badges or keeping track of inventory in a retail store or hospital.

    Though RFID tags are usually read by a wireless data reader, the proposed DVD-protection scheme would make no use of RFID's wireless capabilities.

    Rather, the researchers are interested in the ability to write data to the tags, which can't be done on a DVD once it's been burned.

    Here's how the system might work:

    At the store, someone buying a new DVD would have to provide a password or some kind of biometric data, like a fingerprint or iris scan, which would be added to the DVD's RFID tag.

    Then, when the DVD was popped into a specially equipped DVD player, the viewer would be required to re-enter his or her password or fingerprint. The system would require consumers to buy new DVD players with RFID readers.

    Gadh said his research group is trying to address the problem of piracy for the movie industry.

    "Content owners would like to have extremely tight control on the content so they can maximize revenue," Gadh said. "Users want to move stuff around."

    Gadh said the proposed system is "absolutely" more restrictive to users than anti-copying methods already used to protect DVDs.

    "By definition this is a restrictive form (of digital rights management)," Gadh said.

    Gadh said he could not reveal specifically how the system would work, as it is still in the research stage. A prototype will be available by the end of the summer, he said, and at that point, it will be shopped around to movie studios and technology companies.

    "I don't know quite what is going to work in the real world," Gadh said.

    Most DVDs are already encrypted with an anti-copying mechanism called Content-Scrambling System. The encryption has been broken, however, and programs to descramble DVDs can be found all over the internet.

    DVDs are also "region coded" so that discs sold in the United States, for instance, cannot be played in the United Kingdom. The region coding gives the movie studios control over where and when films are released on DVD.

    Ed Felten, a computer science professor at Princeton University, called the proposal the "limit of restrictiveness."

    "I think people would find it creepy to give their fingerprint every time they wanted to play a DVD," Felten said. "It's hard to think that would be acceptable to customers."

    He said it seems unlikely that people would buy new DVD players with RFID readers in order to purchase DVDs that are less functional.

    Privacy advocates have expressed concern about RFID technology because the tags can tie products to individuals, potentially without their knowledge.

    Seth Schoen, staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said it's unlikely this DRM plan will be any more effective than others preceding it.

    "It only requires one person to break it," Schoen said.

    Schoen said this is the "smart cow problem": Once one of the cows opens the gate, the others will follow.

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    Utterly stupid. We need a cure for cancer and a host of other diseases before we need these idiots inventing more useless crap.
    Won't this put Blockbuster out of business?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FH
    Utterly stupid. We need a cure for cancer and a host of other diseases before we need these idiots inventing more useless crap.
    Won't this put Blockbuster out of business?
    Rich people can't get richer if there was a cure for cancer!

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    I agree. This is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard. This is facist crap.
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    Let's see if I got this right...You want me to buy a new DVD player that gives me less options?

    Is the movie industry really hurting that badly? Hollywood is rich enough thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junior
    Let's see if I got this right...You want me to buy a new DVD player that gives me less options?

    Is the movie industry really hurting that badly? Hollywood is rich enough thank you.
    All they need to do to make Hollywood successful again is to bring back the Porky's franchise AND most importantly remake the Smokey and the Bandit series starring Johnny Knoxville!

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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod
    All they need to do to make Hollywood successful again is to bring back the Porky's franchise AND most importantly remake the Smokey and the Bandit series starring Johnny Knoxville!
    Johnny Knoxville would work as Bandit, but who would play Sheriff Buford T Justice? There are no fat funny men in show buisness anymore!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeoHalen
    Johnny Knoxville would work as Bandit, but who would play Sheriff Buford T Justice? There are no fat funny men in show buisness anymore!
    Burt Reynolds! and Mila Kunis (from "That 70's Show" http://forums.interestingnonetheless...MilaKunis4.jpg ) could play the Sally Field chick...

    Finding the "right" car would be hard... Can't be one of those "Fast and Furious" buzzy-neon things...

    I smell Spring 2007 blockbuster here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FH
    Utterly stupid. We need a cure for cancer and a host of other diseases before we need these idiots inventing more useless crap.
    Won't this put Blockbuster out of business?
    What he said...
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    Worked for me anyway. I still have colleagues asking me what it is like to fuck a green womanoid with seventeen breasts.
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    this is just as dumb as the Divx discs/players were.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twonabomber
    this is just as dumb as the Divx discs/players were.
    I forgot all about Divx. That was stupid!
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