Regarding Steve’s post just below, all Macrovision has really done is sell the brain surgeons at MPAA some useless technology that’ll only serve to piss off customers whose DVD player isn’t compatible with this “new” process. According to this LA Times story, the new-and-improved “protection” works on only 97% of the ripping software currently available.
That ain’t enough, boys. If the MPAA is actually paying you anything for this “improvement,” it’s because they collectively have the technical acumen of a particularly dim King Charles Spaniel. The people using ripping software will just download the 3% of programs that still work, and laugh at you. As Slashdot noted, all Macrovision has really done here is sell the movie studios a bunch of snake oil.
Ah, karma. Is there anything it can’t do?