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?

Gene Clough's picture

Show me a copy-protection scheme without negative effects, and I'll go for it.

Adam Hammer's picture

Digital's promise is flexibility---by definition at odds with copy protection. Don't we all want to pass ALL the data through DSP and digital crossovers?

Stan Green's picture

The end result is the sonic performance of the piece. If copy codes don't mar the sonic picture, it 's okay with me.

Mark Perry's picture

Most important is the quality.

Denns E.  Bohner's picture

I am unconcerned, if the method does not interfere with the sound.I am not prone to making custom discs, so it makes no practical difference to me if the manufacturers and publishers conspire on this. If economic theory holds true, we all will pay higher prices due to an iron-fist on distribution by those who would profit by such control. The added value of the format may not be worth the incremental cost. A potential tragedy for all of us who want better sound.

Rich in Pitt's picture

I have no problem with a business protecting its source of revenue and fighting piracy, if (and only if) it has no impact on the sound quality. The challenge will be to develop a scheme that allows me to exercise my right to fully use what I have purchased for personal use (i.e., full fidelity and allow personal copies) while preventing illegal usage.

Ed from NYC's picture

Copy protection should not matter to honest audiophiles: 1) If you want a convenience (i.e., portable) copy, just record on tape or MiniDisc from the single-ended outputs (hey, they're good enough for your preamp, and who can use 24/96 in a car or Walkman?!). 2) If you crave D/A conversion options (as any real audiophile would), don't worry---FireWire is on its way. 3) if you want to make identical copies for your friends and family, you're not an HONEST audiophile (or don't understand the concept of copyright protection)!

J.L.  OLIVIER's picture

What really bother me is that Philips sold their CD labels before they had a chance with Sony to impose SDCD. They are not going to recover from that mistake. DVD Audio will be THE Audio format.

Michael Hackett's picture

Time and again, copy-protection schemes have proved to be ineffective (there's always a way around them), and just a nuisance for buyers of legitimate copies. If there is any degradation of the audio signal (as there would be for the proposed schemes that would stand up through analog copies), then I will have no interest in the format. A digital-only scheme supported by consumer gear (and possible to bypass with pro gear) would be more acceptable, but still, IMO, unnecessary and pointless.

Lars Becker's picture

I just looking forward to enjoying 24 bits, not copying it!

Donald Douglas's picture

I might still buy a unit, but I resent someone else being so damn paranoid about it.

Al in Montreal's picture

Imagine that one day in 2002 you drop your favorite SACD on the floor. You put this disc in your player but it won't play. Unauthorized Copy!!! scrolls on your display. #@#$% I should have made a backup copy on my reel-to-reel!

Gary D.  Blevins's picture

If DVD-Audio does not make available high-quality output of at least 24/96kHz without downsampling, as well as the ability to make your own "playlists" via the MP3 format, then I will not purchase the product. "Watermarking" does not bother me as long as the sound quality and the portability of the product are not hindered in any way. If they are, I will simply not purchase the product.

Paul J.  Nickolauson's picture

If the retail price of DVDs is reasonable---e.g., no more than CDs---then I see no reason for concern with copy protection. After all, the artists are entitled to royalties on their work. If the new medium is superior, I will contentedly purchase a single copy and not concern myself with dubs. DVDs are robust; one copy will suffice for multiple use. Who has time to make compliations? Certainly not me. Do you? If so, perhaps you have too much free time.

George Lancaster's picture

Haven't heard of any major record companies going bust lately!

Timothy Farnsworth's picture

Why do the large record companies feel that we are all out to rob them blind? The only recordings I make of music are for my own use.

Tony Rogers's picture

Any copy-protection system that contaminates the material (e.g., watermarking) is a bad idea. A system that doesn't (e.g., the serial copy system applied to MiniDisc) is fine---I can live with that because I'm honest: I buy the disc, and make a copy to use only when I'm on the move.

Michael Crespo's picture

Who cares about DVDs? Long live vinyl!

Kody Kearns's picture

Treat people like criminals and criminals you'll get.

Juraj Taptic's picture

actually I am not the stockholder of any music company...

George F's picture

sound quality is all that matters.Whats really a disaster is the lack of software.

Nikolaj Hermann's picture

Either you intend to use the music seriuosly, (in your main setup) where you leave the master. Then you use a 44kHz/16bit copy in your car - perfectly ok - what is the problem ?

Miguel Reznicek's picture

If I bought the original, I should be able to make a backup or a selections tape for my own use.

Gregg Collins's picture

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems that FireWire, watermarking, etc., will only dilute the purity of the signal. To me, that seems anti-hi-fi.

Paul V.  Parenteau's picture

How typical! Corporations will go to the nth degree to ensure that the freedom of music and the personal joy that it brings become privileges that they control. This is nothing short of neo-draconianism. Art should not belong to one group or class. Music should not be an advantage or favor that only a few obtain. Where are the music artists on this subject, hunh?

Bob Sykes's picture

Record companies are digging their graves faster each day. With the Web---both MP3 and online retailers---they add no value in distribution anymore. With the waves of consolidation and dumping of even gold artists, they're adding no value in promotion any more. For a long time, there's been little or no value added through A&R. Technology and artists' creativity will fill these voids, and they will be history. Record-company strategies are fast becomming irrelevant. Like the railroads in the days the jet appeared, they fight back through monopoly and government bribes. And like the railroads, their reluctance to embrace technology rather than fight it is defining their death.

John Hewett's picture

Let's hope DVD-Audio loses the battle. We've had enough of the format wars over the years.

PAO's picture

As long as it would allow at least one digital copy to be made (like SCMS), it would be "alright."

billy's picture

Why bother if its not top quality.

William Jacke's picture

I am concerned that manufacturers will be removing the digital outputs on the upcoming DVD-Audio players. I like to use separate DACs, especially Theta Digital!