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The 7 - Movies & TV - Bill in the works to make FF-ing through ads on your DVD a federal crime
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#1 Posted on 18.11.04 1555.32
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I saw this in my NBC 4 o'clock news, but this link has a blurb on it at the bottom.

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/usatoday/20041118/tc_usatoday/adstopopupwhentivousersscanpastcommercials
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    The issue of commercial skipping is also playing out on Capitol Hill.

    The Senate is expected to vote on the Intellectual Property Protection bill in this lame-duck session. The bill has a provision to prohibit technology that skips commercials during a DVD or televised movie; opponents, including advocacy group Public Knowledge, say the provision would make it a crime to fast-forward through a commercial.

    In criticizing the bill last month, Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record), R-Ariz., said: "Do we really expect to throw people in jail in 2004 for behavior they've been engaged in for more than a quarter century?"


On the news report on TV, a person from the video industry says that this law is great and will help keep piracy of DVDs down.

WTF?

This is just stupid. I have one DVD, I can't remember which (I have 400+) that won't let you use the title, menu, ff, rewind, or POWER button while the ads are playing.

Yes, I can not turn off my machine if I want to. "This button is not usable now"

That really pissed me off. Stop worked, and luckily it wasn't allowed to start at that point, and when I hit play, it jumped to the menu.
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#2 Posted on 18.11.04 2149.14
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Hooray for tax dollars at work.
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#3 Posted on 18.11.04 2304.36
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This doesn't have to happen. Contact your representative via fax, email, or snail mail.
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#4 Posted on 19.11.04 0050.28
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Maybe I'm totally missing the issue here, but how is making commercials unskippable supposed to make stop people from pirating DVDs?
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#5 Posted on 19.11.04 0215.26
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The WWE already does this. You can usually search through the WWE previews, but during the "Don't try this at home" bit, you cannot skip it. You can't even fast forward.

It is REALLY annoying, although I'm usually buoyed by the fact that it doesn't happen much on mainstream DVD's. Looks like I might get much more depressed here soon.
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#6 Posted on 19.11.04 0250.02
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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    This doesn't have to happen. Contact your representative via fax, email, or snail mail.


More like outbid Wal-mart, GM or Coca-Cola for that vote, as they see the potential marketings ops here. Two years til the next election, people will forget by then.

You know, if you step back and think about this for a second. It's really sad something like this is even being considered. But sad don't live next door to surprising.
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#7 Posted on 19.11.04 0458.44
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"The WWE already does this. You can usually search through the WWE previews, but during the "Don't try this at home" bit, you cannot skip it. You can't even fast forward."

See, tht I can understand. If it came down to brass tacks in a lawsuit or something they can explicitly point out that their warnings were there and they HAD to be viewed.

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#8 Posted on 19.11.04 0746.24
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    Originally posted by Torchslasher
    The WWE already does this. You can usually search through the WWE previews, but during the "Don't try this at home" bit, you cannot skip it. You can't even fast forward.

    It is REALLY annoying, although I'm usually buoyed by the fact that it doesn't happen much on mainstream DVD's. Looks like I might get much more depressed here soon.


Yeah and the same thing with the FBI warning of death. Can't skip it on a lot of movies.
The idea is pretty stupid and won't do anything to cut down piracy. Like bootleg copies couldn't just erase the commercials if they wanted too.
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