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Re: [dvd-discuss] New Video on demand DVD (ie. pay per view)
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- From: John Galt <galt(at)inconnu.isu.edu>
- Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 21:35:40 -0700 (MST)
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I can only hope that they send one to me without me saying anything: I'll
find out if a license agreeement trumps Idaho Code 28-2-239. I think that
"unconditional gift" ruins licensure... Here's a bit of homework: look up
if your state has a similar law... Californians look to section 1584.5 of
your Civil Code... I have a licenseless CueCat because of that law. It
was sent to all Wired customers without their knowledge, so the intended
recipient gave it to me just as unconditionally: being a Linux user, I
never broke the seal on the program, but I doubt it would have stood up in
court anyhow, unconditional means unconditional :)
On Sun, 27 Jan 2002 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>Also sounds like a repeat of cuecat. Read this
>"Also in the works is ViMagazine, a monthly DVD ....will have both
>video-on-demand features and security functions that will allow consumers
>who watch the disc on a ViDVD.
>Movies on the disc will be locked until viewers opt to rent the movie for
>three days or $3.49 or buy it outright for $14.99. Consumers will be
>charged for the film when they use the player's Internet connectivity to log
>back on the Vialta's server."
>Sounds as if the disk comes in the mail whether you want it or not.
>Of course they can argue that by buying the service you are
>submitting to a license. So If I throw the disk away or lose it, or
>even if it gets received at the wrong address, whomever gets it
>afterwards isn't bound by the license.
>Of course what makes all this work is "ViMedia, Vialta's
>patent pending technology, a single
>ViMagazine disc can contain up to 14 hours of video,
> music and more."
>Chances are it's nothing but compressed files on an encrypted
>DVD with them sending you the key over the internet...WOW that's
>From: Ronald Austin <email@example.com>
>Subject: [dvd-discuss] New Video on demand DVD (ie. pay per view)
>Date sent: Sat, 26 Jan 2002 13:12:52 -0500
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>> You need to check out http://www.vialta.com/News/Article_&_Reviews.htm and
>> read the plans to serve VOD on DVD. It sounds like a variation on DiviX
>> (circuit city one). I wonder how far this one will fly?
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"My computer isn't working now." Tech: "Yes, you said that."
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