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 Feb 01, 2005 - 03:00 PM - by Michael
* M$ Betrays Users, Signs Macrovision

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Microsoft has betrayed their users and contracted with Macrovision to screw with users' rights yet again.

Most copy-protection technologies are aimed at preventing digital replication, since a digital copy can be identical to the original in every way. However, modern analog copying can also have high-quality results, and Hollywood studios have worried that their products could be easily copied using methods such as recording the output of a DVD player onto a computer hard drive.

The Macrovision technology has been one attempt to limit this. Rather than scrambling the signal altogether, as digital copy protection typically does, it includes a pulse of electronic energy along with the video as it is played. The pulse is meant to indicate the content should not be recorded. Many devices such as DVD recorders respect this signal and block recording if it is detected.

Under the new deal, Microsoft's Windows Media software will recognize this signal when it is included in incoming analog video streams. For upcoming versions of its Microsoft's Media Center Edition operating systems, the computer will allow users to make a temporary copy that can be stored one day, but that cannot be used after that time.
So much for preserving your old, dying VHS movies by converting them to DVDs.

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