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?

John Sexton's picture

The audio and motion picture industries are taking copy protection way too far. I am really getting sick of hearing news every day that a new product is being delayed or that some feature is being left out of a product because these greedy organizations are worried that someone is going to rip them off of a nickel. Microsoft Office and Windows are some of the most pirated software available, but I don't see Bill Gates in the welfare line. Most consumers don't even have the equipment or technical know-how to copy CDs, much less DVDs. Bottom line? Copy-protection issues hurt only the industry's innovators. People who really want to pirate software are going to find a way to do it.

Stephen Eggleston's picture

Watermarking is an issue to me only if it degrades (even slightly) the sound.

Curt Simon's picture

One wonders how successful any copy-protection scheme will be in the long run. Computer software was once copy-protected. It turned out to be far more trouble than it was worth. The usual economic justification for such schemes is to preserve the incentive for individuals to provide a given good or service. However, it appears that there was a good deal of rent (the amount above and beyond the minimum necessary to ensure that the good is supplied), even given the problem of unauthorized use of software. One has the feeling that the same is true in the market for music, particularly popular music. The next best career for most musicians would appear to pay rather less than even the most bootleg-ridden scenario one could imagine.

Bruce Lamb , Australia's picture

What happens when you rely on 24Bit/96 Hertz digital output to a outboard DAC,Pre-Amp,Processor or (Dare i say it!)DVD-R.You guys(girls) keep saying that a outboard Dolby Digital/DTS works better.I would also like to output HDCD encoded disks on DVD? certainly at least the current CDs i enjoy.

Kurt Christie's picture

I buy a CD to listen to, not to copy. Same thing when DVD gets going, as long as it does not compromise the SOUND.

Thom Lee's picture

don't do copy protection please. this will prevent people from buying DVD and make the DVD market glow slower.. :(

Doug Waddell's picture

no more than third generation copies

lord_coz@webtv.net's picture

copy-protection is all well and good for record companies and all, but what about me????? u know the consumer?? hello!? we faught hard to get really high bit rates and now we can hardly use them? I am fully ready to go 24/96 and fully quadrophonic and hi definiton etc. It hardly seems fair that at the virge of really good sound I have to buy lps to get it. What is the problem people? If you can give me what I want then why dont u?

David F.  Bayne's picture

SMCS is a tragedy for those of us who want to copy material that is not protected by copyrights or is made freely available like live Grateful Dead. I can't stand it that I have to pay a royalty that goes into Yanni's coffers when all I want to listen to is Jerry Garcia!