Zed Lopez

DRM: You're (Always) Doing It Wrong

I took Frankenweenie on DVD out of the library. But it’s from Disney. Some recent Disney DVDs use a DRM scheme called ARccOS that Sony claimed was fully compatible with available DVD players and drives, but isn’t; others use something called X-project. Either way, it wouldn’t play on my HTPC.

So I had to take it to my desktop, and use HandBrake to rip a copy so I could watch it, incidentally making a copy of the movie. I’ll delete it when I’m done, but, still: wanted to just play the dvd, couldn’t do it without making a copy due to the stupid efforts to keep me from making the copy I didn’t want.