An industry that deserves to lose money

A bluray compilation we bought recently claimed that it came with a digital copy that you could play on an iphone or a computer or whatever. You’ve paid for the movie, you should be able to play it in whatever format you like.

This is the process the movie company thinks is going to compete with people just downloading a video file that works straight away.

In the package is a data DVD with a low-res version of the movie you bought on bluray (thus immediately being completely pointless to play from your computer onto a big screen, since it’s vastly lower quality than the bluray you’ve bought.)

To get it onto the computer (and then a portable device), you have to:

  1. Insert the DVD copy disk.
  2. Enter a string of letters and numbers that’s obviously a single-use code (and you have to do this a short time after buying the bluray – the codes actually expire).
  3. Let iTunes add it to your hard disk somewhere within the iTunes labyrinthine file system – but despite you having entered a code, iTunes doesn’t record that you own it, so you can’t just download a copy straight to any of your devices connected to iTunes.
  4. And then you can transfer your low-quality version to high-def devices.

Why can’t you just transfer the movie from the bluray with the high-def copy? Why doesn’t the single-use code actually enable you to redownload the movie from the system that’s “authorised” it?

It’s the same reason why if you put one of their discs in your player you have to sit through unskippable anti-piracy threats and lies.

Because these people don’t give a damn about their customers. They don’t think you own squat. You’ve paid them, but it’s still theirs, and they will only begrudgingly let you access it at all. Let alone in a manner convenient to you.

If governments weren’t busy covering these companies’ backsides by passing ever more ludicrous copyright legislation, they’d have long since disappeared.

UPDATE: The official DVD packaging for Sony’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo actually looks like a pirated copy:

One of the commenters suggests:

They want it to resemble a DRM-free no-previews no-ads copy -to be more attractive to the customer.

5 responses to “An industry that deserves to lose money

  1. Bluray = BETA 2.0

  2. No, that was the HD-DVD thing.

  3. Ronson Dalby

    “have to sit through unskippable anti-piracy threats and lies”

    Tell me about it! My son is currently overseas and I’m ‘baby-sitting’ his huge collection of bought DVDs many of which are TV series.

    I’m so sick of those anti-piracy ads on every single disc especially because those discs have been bought and paid for. I would be annoyed if the ad was on episode one, season one of series but every DVD?

    “You’ve paid them, but it’s still theirs”

    This applies to e-books too. With the current agency agreement on e-book pricing you can pay as much, or even more, than the dead tree book price especially if you’re an Aussie, yet you never own the book. You can’t lend it, re-sell it or even give it away.

    I really hope one day the ACCC or whatever body is responsible, will look into ‘digital ownership’.

  4. I really hope one day the ACCC or whatever body is responsible, will look into ‘digital ownership’.

    It wouldn’t be before time.

  5. I meant in the way that BETA was better quality (apparently – I never watched it. Did it actually make it to Australia?) but they were precious about access. VHS was everywhere, BETA was nowhere.

    Or maybe I’m just showing my age. And my rapidly deteriorating memory.

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