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Re: [dvd-discuss] COMDEX speech

On Thu, 2002-11-21 at 22:57, Joshua Stratton wrote:

> Honestly, I think that the various publisher's threats of leaving the 
> market are bluff. There's just too much money to be made still. Tell them 
> to use legal remedies exclusively of self help, and then disincentivize 
> self help further, and I bet they'll just keep on publishing.

Let's all remember DIVX -- the original Circuit City version.
The Content Cartel swore that they would never let any of their
precious treasure show up in DVD unless their DRM requirements
were met, and after negotiation DIVX was the least they would
settle for.

Circuit City wanted to sell DVD players, and without DVDs to
play that wasn't going to happen.  So Circuit City dropped some
*very* major change to kickstart the process (I worked with
some of the people who did the cryptography silicon.)
Unfortunately for Circuit City, the Content Cartel was more
attracted by the potential sales of non-DIVX systems and
contrary to their promises, there was actuall more content
available for non-DIVX players than for DIVX players.


Again, let's not get on the wrong side of Professor Santayana.

| It's the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance  |
|  It's the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance  |
|   It's the one who won't be taken who cannot seem to give     |
|    and the soul afraid of dyin' that never learns to live     |
+------------- D. C. Sessions <dcs@lumbercartel.com> -----------+