Would DVD-Audio copy-protection schemes alter your view of the format?

Would DVD-Audio copy-protection schemes alter your view of the format?
Not one bit
31% (70 votes)
Bothers me a little
25% (57 votes)
Bothers me a lot
29% (67 votes)
Ruins it for me
15% (34 votes)
Total votes: 228

One of the hang-ups preventing DVD-Audio from moving forward is the fear that high-quality digital signals make piracy too easy. As a result, the format will likely incorporate various copy-protection schemes---possibly including watermarking. Does this matter to you?

B.  Smith's picture

Unless it affects the sound!

HD audio's picture

I prefer to make my own recordings rather than record some other persons recording.

Al from Baltimore, MD's picture

It bothers me greatly if any copy-protection scheme reduces to any extent, no matter how small, the high-quality reproduction possible through this new technology. I do not believe that it is possible to completely eliminate piracy. Ways will always be found to circumvent whatever protection scheme is created. Did recording companies not release on cassette and CD because these technologies made piracy easier? Would they return the vast profits made through these media because they lost a comparatively minuscule amount of sales to piracy? I don't think so. To not fully develop DVD and maximize its quality of reproduction would be a great loss to those who enjoy music, and to the record companies as well. If DVD sound lives up to its fullest potential, who knows how great a market this will become? Just look at how quickly CD surpassed record and cassette sales, and the enormous size of the market it created. DVD has the potential to far surpass CD, provided the sound quality is not compromised by copy-protection schemes. If I were a record company, I'd stop agonizing about a few lost sales to piracy, and how much more could be realized through maximizing sales of the DVD format.

Mathias Gustavsson's picture

We have a global economy. Soon we will have a global society.

Frank Mason's picture

If it does not compromise the sonics it does not matter to me. I do not replicate my LPs or my CDs.

maurice's picture

I'm not a criminal...

i.  wehrman's picture

this would only bother me if i was not allowed to make "back up copies" -- ie cd mix discs or ripping to mp3.

Andrew Johnson's picture

Copy protection won't matter at all to me, with this one caveat: KEEP THE PRICE OF THE SOFTWARE DOWN! You can copy-protect a $10 DVD all you want, but if you're going to charge me $20, then let me have my copies, and let some of my friends have them too! Let's not forget that DVD-Videos were only supposed to be around $17, the logic being it was only a couple of bucks more than a CD . . . and you get video too! Now most of the retail prices hover around $30---which is one of the reasons I haven't yet bought a DVD player. Keep the software prices down and more than just the fringe element will buy into it. Imagine how many people would buy a DVD -Audio player if the discs were $8 . . . a lot of us would save enough money in our first year of software purchases to make the outlay for the hardware worthwhile!

Tony Esporma's picture

For the time being I'm not worried, because I listen mostly to LPs. However, I am most upset at the music-business lackeys who think that I want to steal from them. Hah! the way it's going, it'll come down to another VCR lawsuit, only this time it'll be the computer industry that zilches the Music Biz. Hence my only fear: So far, no one has bothered to make a good-sounding PC-based system.

Charles Purvis Kelly, Jr.'s picture

I would have a big problem with it. Advice: Stick with CDs, and either analog cassettes or MiniDiscs. You won't be sorry. The record companies have been ripping off the consumer for countless years. Now it's time for the consumer to get even.

Kerdraon's picture

I am not a pirate and I do respect the copyright laws, but I feel that when I have shelled out money for a CD or DVD, I should be able to make as good a copy as I want to for my personal use.

Tim Smith's picture

If the copy protection scheme alters the sound, i'm not interested!

Ren's picture

I don't make copies, as long as the sound is not compromise;i have no problem with copy-protection.What's watermarking anyway?

John Carlson's picture

Frankly, I'm sick and tired of the recording industry's attitude towards copying and copy protection. Every idea seems creates hassles at best, and, at worst...well, remember the copy-code notch idea from a decade or so ago? And, then, anyone who wants to make a lot of copies for profit probably will find a a way to do so. However, for me, the big question is if DVD audio will live up to its promise (or hype?) performance-wise. If it doesn't, well, I'll try to avoid buying into it regardless of copy protection.

Paul's picture

A CD costs around $16.99, regular price. The DVD will cost more, I assume. Isn't the cost of some people copying a recording already figured in?

T.L.'s picture

Here are a few of the politically correct terms I like: "copy disc image direct-to-disc," "SCMS defeatable," and "digital video stabilizer." I am not one "bit" concerned. Copy protection is as easy to get around as putting a piece of tape over the safety tab of a cassette. Somebody hit the record button, please!

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Mike Evans's picture

If the copy protection effects the quality of the sound it would bother me quite a bit.

Dr.  Lars Bo Henriksen's picture

Don't care anout DVD - don't care about copying

jf's picture

any copy protection scheme can and will be broken.

krb's picture

As long as it doesn't affect the sound quality (that's the whole point of this new format, isn't it?), who cares?

Greg Simmons's picture

I just want to play the stuff, not copy it. I've never bothered copying CDs, even though I spent three years running a bureau service mastering and transferring original recordings to CD-R for test pressings and duplication purposes. I was never interested in copying CDs for myself (I'd rather have the original packaging, etc.). Also, during that period, I was asked only about four times to copy a commercial CD for someone, and I always refused. I don't think there's much demand to do that kind of stuff if the commercial product is reasonably priced.

Rob Bertrando's picture

Watermarking would only "bother me a lot" if it is "inaudible"; it would "ruin it for me" if there is any suggestion that it would be audible.

Anonymous's picture

fuck em!!

craig erickson's picture

Quality of sound is the only thing that matters

Mark's picture

It doesn't matter provided the digital watermark doesn't degrade the signal quality AT ALL, and also provided, consumers with digital recording equipment at home can still mix their favorite songs together onto a high quality recording.

Petter S.'s picture

How many hours do you think it takes for someone to make a code that cracks these codes?

Sammy's picture

Copying is really a boring business. But copy-protection may push prices upwards.

Leslie's picture

Not unless sound quality is compromised by the protection scheme. Any digital protection scheme can be circumvented by recording to analog, then back to digital. I doubt the "pirates" will care about any signal loss in the process.

Norm Strong's picture

It's going to be years before I even consider buying DVD-A in any form whatsoever.