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  1.    19 Apr 2016 #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by eddiethc View Post
    its ope hmm i dont think its illegal to use as a player in terms of popping in a dvd you bought weather it be a box copy or a digital download its open source freeware.Now with that said if your downloading torrents an you dont have the rights to the movie then yes thats illegal but thats up to the user who knows its on them
    Please, excuse my grammar.

    When you buy a dvd player at the store, you bought the rights to decode movies that you rent or buy using that dvd.

    On a computer it works differently.

    VlC play encoded dvd maybe illegal in the U.S. and Canada because it decodes them without paying a fee. Just search for watching dvd is illegal on Linux. This would also apply to windows 10 windows media player because Microsoft removed the feature that plays dvds. Using VLC with DVD codec on any system in the U.S. and Canada maybe illegal. I keep saying maybe because no one has be charged or convicted. However, the creator of libDVDcss was either arrested or detained but never charged.
    Last edited by groze; 19 Apr 2016 at 14:04.
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  2.    19 Apr 2016 #12
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    yea i agree its very tricky in my opinion is if you paid for a movie you should be able to play it with any player you like also stream it anyway you like long as it is not to the public but thats my opinion the USA does make things hard for us here an i know VLC is made in france an goes by french laws but i doubt anyone is gonna bother people who play movies in the wrong code lol i think there more worried about the ones who steal movies threw torrents
    Quote Originally Posted by groze View Post
    Please, excuse my grammar.

    When you buy a dvd player at the store, you bought the rights to decode movies that you rent or buy using that dvd.

    On a computer it works differently.

    VlC play encoded dvd maybe illegal in the U.S. and Canada because it decodes them without paying a fee. Just search for watching dvd is illegal on Linux. This would also apply to windows 10 windows media player because Microsoft removed the feature the plays dvds. Using VLC with DVD codec on any system in the U.S. and Canada maybe illegal. I keep saying maybe because no one has be charged or convicted. However, the creator of libDVDcss was either arrested or detained but never charged.
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  3.    19 Apr 2016 #13
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    "'DVD Jon' Lech Johansen" was arrested, charged, tried in Norway and acquitted twice. Way back in 2002 -2003. He denied writing the decryption code in DeCSS, which was allegedly of German origin. Worked in USA from 2005, and iPhone, and other Apple devices have been targets of his activity over several years. SONY used his code in the DRM rootkit scandal. References to him are uncommon recently, since 2009. Perhaps he has been working for the FBI fighting international terrorism and Apple encryption

    Microsoft removed the codecs (MPEG-2, Dolby Digital, etc.) because they (i.e.YOU as users) would have to pay a fee of several dollars per copy of Windows. The fee applied to the US, but not in Europe, but the codecs were made unavailable globally.

    DVD is dying a natural death with online streaming and downloaded media, so this will become an unenforced legal curiosity - like Oliver Cromwell's decree outlawing Christmas Pudding.

    https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1243&dat=19901225&id=ymAPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=rIYDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7094,1542724&hl=en

    Nice article on DVD Codecs and Microsoft here:

    http://www.zdnet.com/article/if-vlc-can-ship-a-free-dvd-player-why-cant-microsoft/
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  4.    19 Apr 2016 #14
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    In my opinion, VLC would be the ones to face any potential legal ramifications, not the end user. VLC is one of the most popular software applications out there, and has been recommended by just about all print magazines and similar websites.

    There's plenty of things to worry about in life, but using VLC to watch a legally purchased DVD disc is not one of them.
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