Saturday, July 05, 2008
This is a picture of a FlexPlay DVD - in particular Cloverfield. I bought this DVD at Staples for $4.99 with a 10% off coupon - yielding $4.50 total price. These DVDs are sealed in a plastic baggy and once exposed to air have a 48 hour life. You have 48 hours to watch the movie then it becomes unreadable by your DVD or computer. I wanted to buy one to see if I could still rip the DVD to my hard drive then burn it to a disc to have permanently. It ripped using Handbrake perfectly and I burned it to a DVD.
This is one of the weirdest and silliest Digital Rights Management (DRM) I've seen and can't see how it makes sense. It actually makes it cheaper and easier for me to get a new release movie, rip it, then put it on DVD and if I put movies on a P2P network (which I don't) - I could.