Federal regulators on Wednesday at UCLA Law School gathered together to talk about whether to allow the mass public the ability to decrypt store bought DVD movies which currently is encoded with CSS (Content Scrambling System) technology.
According to Wired Magazine
Filmmakers, video mixers and others have petitioned the U.S. Copyright Office for the ability to continue to use DVD decryption tools to copy short clips of DVDs from motion pictures to put into their own films. The issue isn’t whether they have a fair-use right to the material, but whether they can utilize decrypting tools to make the best reproduction for film-making purposes.
Included in this is the ability to make duplicates of said movies for home use. People have been wanting to make copies of their DVD’s for years and because of the encryption normal software can’t decrypt the code that is put on in the Mastering phase of DVD creation. That is unless a 3rd party decrypter is used which normally runs in the background on Windows PC’s. According to the movie studios they say that the general public does not have the right to ‘do what you will’ with the content on a physical disc (DVD-BluRay). This medium only grant the permission to view the content from a licensed player.
The US Copyright office is meeting today to listen to arguments on creating some loopholes that will allow circumvention for certain situations, such as a studio or independent film maker to decrypt parts or scenes of a movie that they use in new works. Every three years this happens because every DMCA exemption expires and must be reapproved or dropped by the Copyright office.
Corynne McSherry who is the intellectual property coordinator with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, believes that the exemption is not going to encourage movie pirating. Exempions are granted if the regulators are convinced that “consumers are adversly affected in their ability to make non infringing use due to the prohibition of circumvention.”
If exempions are apppoved by the Copyright Office then they to to the Librarian of Congress who must also approve said exemptions. Let’s just hope he is not funded by the movie studios. Approvals are not expected any time soon though, this will most likely happen later in the year.