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Re: I want to try something for freedom.

DeCSS on Linux effectively disbles, as part of the decryption process, the
zone controls on the the dvd disc. This allows someone in Finland, say,  to
watch a dvd he purchased in the United States (or some other zone). This is
what I meant when I said that it has more to do with a loss of distribution
control. The MPAA loses the ability to control the timing of dvd releases
in other zones.

Currently, movie and dvd releases are released first in the US (US releases
of course), and then months later in Europe. With the availablity of dvds
for sale on the Internet, these could be purchased in the US months ahead
of the scheduled release in Europe, Asia or wherever. So, the MPAA loses
control of the timing of the releases, which is a loss of control of

A more detailed explanation of this is available at

michael heyes

Robert Varga <robi@piros.zold.net> on 11/02/2000 09:08:12 AM

To:   mheyes@lincolnfp.com
cc:   debian-devel@lists.debian.org

Subject:  Re: I want to try something for freedom.

On Thu, 2 Nov 2000 mheyes@lincolnfp.com wrote:

> I think the DeCSS suit has less to do with reverse engineering of the
> algorithms than it has to do with a loss of control of distribution. With
> regional zones effectively disabled, users in other zones are able to buy
> dvds from the States and view them before they are released in their zone
> (ie. Europe, Asia, wherever). Besides that, aren't there hardware
> and fees issues as well?

As far as I know, DeCSS has nothing to do with control over distribution,
since that is enforced in hardware. You cannot play a DVD in your
DVD-drive if it is not compliant to the region setting of your DVD-drive.

DeCSS is a software which lets you play DVD-s on Linux. It was created
after reverse-engineering the communication between a Win32 DVD player
software and the DVD-drive. This is the same as writing an authentication
module for Linux after reverse-engineering the communication between an
authentication module for Win32 and the server, hence the same as the
scenario mentioned in the first letter of this thread.


Robert Varga


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