Play iTunes protected videos

Luis luis at anachreon.co.uk
Thu Sep 11 03:18:32 CDT 2008


Hiya,

Insofar as I can recall, unless explicitly stated (especially in more  
recent documents) you ARE 'permitted' to make a BACKUP of any media  
you own, provided that is its sole purpose.
Wether it is usable (DRM) that's another matter...

Cheers,

Luis.


On 10 Sep 2008, at 21:24, Richmond Mathewson wrote:

> Hum!
>
> It never ceases to amaze me that this sort of questions are even  
> asked.
> As quickly as people develop electronic protection schemes other  
> people work out ways to get round them.
>
> I have just spent 2 minutes searching with Google and, could,  
> should I wish (which I don't as I don't own any DRM or other-wise  
> protected media files), undo the protection "lickety-split".
>
> Presumably Apple, in their "infinite wisdom", have protected their  
> media files just exactly so that everybody, including RR  
> programmers and end-users, cannot play them.
>
> However, as Runtime Revolution works with Quicktime, it should play  
> any file that Quicktime can play. It is probably necessary to  
> 'tell' Revolution to play DRM audio files using the Player object  
> as if they were video files; i.e. define DRM audio files with  
> videoClip rather than with audioClip. A few years ago I authored a  
> CD-ROM for Scottish High Schools on music education; I converted  
> all the original sound files into MOV files (using a blank image as  
> a dummy video file); this allowed for a good level of end-user  
> control via "play videoClip at xx,xx".
>
> Personally I object to the following:
>
> I am legally not allowed to make a backup copy of a DVD I own
> (bl**dy silly when it gets damaged),
>
> similarly with music CDs,
>
> I am legally not allowed to transfer data from gramophone records I  
> own to home made music CDs for my own use,
>
> I am legally not allowed to transfer data from cassette tapes I own  
> to home made music CDs for my own use,
>
> I am legally not allowed to transfer data from VHS tapes I own to  
> home made DVDs for my own use.
>
> As a result my home is full of gramophone players, cassette  
> players, VHS players and so forth, taking up an awful lot of space.  
> I am a child of the 1970s who grew up with a cheap cassette  
> recorder and an even cheaper record-player: my friends and I "cross- 
> copied" without being aware of doing anything 'naughty'. We all  
> spent quite a lot of our parents' hard-earned money on records.
>
> So why on earth I should pay money for a DRM-protected piece of  
> music I cannot pop onto a CD to listen to on a picnic, or, even,  
> transfer to another of my machines so that I can listen to it in  
> another room, I don't know.
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