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RE: [dvd-discuss] MovieMask - I'm sure the lawsuit is on its way

> -----Original Message-----
> From: microlenz@earthlink.net [mailto:microlenz@earthlink.net]
> Or better yet...how about this for a machine. Have a CD of 
> alternative  dialog for your DVD movie. Pop it into your second CD 
> reader (OK who doesn't have two drives!)  and have the software 
> synch up and replace the actual dialogue. Hey with enough horse 
> power you could even resynch the lips to match the dialog-true 
> *lipsynching*. Now I'm not talking about different language 
> versions...how about real alternative dialogue. "LA Connection" 
> does that out here Live in a theatre(they adlib new dialog for bad 
> movies at a theatre in West LA.) on some really bad movies 
> althoughI don't know if they ever tackled Plan 9......
> BTW...would such a CD be copyright infringement. Without playing 
> the DVD simultaneously the CD would have little value. It does not 
> alter the DVD in anyway (removing the lipsynching feature). Now I 
> can imagine that the studios would object that it's damaging their 
> market for their good (and the counter argument is that someone 
> has to make a sale to use the CD)

I don't think it would be infringement.  The CD on it's own
is not a derivitive work (well ... may not be, depending upon
how "alternative" the dialog is).  The derivative work is 
created only when the user plays both works together on one
computer.   Since this is an individual's efforts, and the
_combined_ (hence derivitive) work is not distributed then
I think the alternative soundtrack would be kosher.

-Richard M. Hartman

186,000 mi./sec ... not just a good idea, it's the LAW!