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RealDVD: do your backups legally

DVD ripping software have been around for the longest of times, but this is a more mainstream attempt at it, and continues RealNetworks’ efforts to stir up the pot a bit: later this month it is launching a new software called RealDVD, which will allow Windows users to easily make a digital copy of an entire DVD, along with all the extras on it. It will cost $30, which will probably be a big barrier in adoption. The idea is to allow users to make backup copies for their personal use on laptops. I imagine Netflix, Blockbuster and indeed the movie studios may not be the happiest about this, but Real is touting that this is licensed DVD software that saves a secure copy of the DVD to user’s hard drive, with the CSS encryption intact, which means normal piracy/sharing of this video will not be easy.

Users will be able to view the ripped DVD on one computer and four others, as long as they download and pay for the software (less money: $20 for those four licenses) on those five others and have the same login. It does not work on Blu-Ray or HD DVD. It also believes the legal stranglehold of studios on personal user DVD copying is loosening. As NYT mentions in its story, in March 2007, the DVD Copy Control Association lost a lawsuit against Kaleidescape, a Silicon Valley start-up company that sells a $10,000 computer server that makes and stores digital copies of up to 500 films. Last year the company launched its online audio and video recording/download service as part of its new RealPlayer 11, which created some buzz but didn’t create much controversy from other media companies.

Source: Washington Post

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  1. Richard Shaft
    September 8th, 2008 | 13:47

    Legitimate or not, there’s no way in hell I’m trusting Real with encoding DVD’s.

    What a crap set of software they run.

  2. lexsor
    September 8th, 2008 | 13:47

    Yep

  3. ispymylittleeye
    September 8th, 2008 | 14:13

    this is one software that you could just forget about and move on with life this software should never be heard of and i mean never

  4. enter8
    September 8th, 2008 | 14:29

    Real sucks gargantuan donkey pole.

  5. r0ck
    September 8th, 2008 | 14:42

    What a bunch of liars:

    “The idea is to allow users to make backup copies for their personal use on laptops.”

    But when you read through their specs it says the movies can only be watched on the machine they where created on or for MORE MONEY you can watch them on 5 different computers. So anyone that thought 30$ for a useless piece of software was too much has to rip his movies on the laptop and that sure is a pain in the buttocks.

    “…that saves a secure copy of the DVD to user’s hard drive, with the CSS encryption intact, which means normal piracy/sharing of this video will not be easy.”

    Because the 7 line script that is used to decrypt CSS in the worst case can’t be run on a file stored on the hard drive? I would say it just speeds up the buffering times inbetween.

    This is complete crap to get dumb pirates to pay “something”. They don’t even care that the program by itself violates several copyright agreements and most likely the DMCA.

    Whoever gets this should be banned from using a computer. Unless of course you get it from RLSLOG and start cracking the backups … but that’s not what DVD backup software is made for, yeah right.

  6. tfbrm
    September 8th, 2008 | 15:02
  7. Respect-My-Authority
    September 8th, 2008 | 15:02

    I would like to say, to those of you saying things about the price, remember you are on a site about scene releases. Do you know how many apps get released daily? Surely this one will be cracked and released for those who want it. Seems like a nifty program, but only if it will do it so you can play the videos on iPods. I have no need for it just on my computer, but if I can put all my TV Shows on my iPod, that’d be pretty awesome!

  8. Pop006
    September 8th, 2008 | 15:41

    Well once the one or two pirates download this software illegally and realize how useless it is, we will never hear tell of this again.

  9. someguy
    September 8th, 2008 | 15:51

    Good thing most of us here are smart enough to not pay for spyware! Seriously, realplayer is the second biggest bit of bloatware out there (next to nero, of course)and dials home to report the activity of the user.. RMVB ftl!

  10. KingOfLegal
    September 8th, 2008 | 15:54

    legality? who cares?

  11. Ed
    September 8th, 2008 | 16:01

    I would rather poke racist cretin Quinton in the eye with a sharp stick than use anything from Real. Not that that’s saying much.

  12. FREE from America
    September 8th, 2008 | 17:14

    Back up legally? Unless you live in the Divided States of America, most countries allow owners of original materials to make backups, legally; DRM is not something everything has to deal with. DRM is not allowed in my country, anyone wanting to release here must do so without copy protection.

    Most other governments protect people’s rights to make a backup copy of DVD’s, printed materials, music etc. We don’t all live under a fascist Republican regime that supports money grabbing business before citizens.

    Some of us still have freedoms, we just don’t need to wave our flags in order to make people think we are still free.

  13. thedude
    September 8th, 2008 | 21:27

    a) Real hasn’t had a functioning product in years
    b) Real announces this product the week after Telestream’s Drive-in application is released(which does exactly the same thing, down to the 1- or 5-computer license)

    While the idea for the product may appeal to families who want to stay well in the bounds of legality, the fact that Real stole the idea from Telestream reflects their dedication to quality.

    Drive-in link, for your consideration: http://www.flip4mac.com/drivein.htm

  14. SoniKalien
    September 9th, 2008 | 01:50

    From a consumer point of view – its a helluva lot easier and cheaper to just use DVD Decrypter or something similar. Those that are too n00bs to use those sort of programs are not likely to be worrying about ‘backing up’ their DVDs anyway.

    This has got FAIL all over it

  15. Pixelated
    September 9th, 2008 | 03:09

    Or Download DVD Decrypter for free and say F*ck Real Networks and their intrusive data mining software. What gets me mad is they expect people to pay for this? Pathetic!

    DVD Decrypter 3.5.4.0
    http://www.afterdawn.com/software/video_software/dvd_rippers/dvd_decrypter.cfm

  16. blue dolphin
    October 2nd, 2008 | 19:40

    To the Staff.

    Please ban this user, Comment number 6 tfbrm

    For the link provided. Is he a paedophile?

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