April 18, 2006 | By Derek Slater

High-Def DVD Formats Take Use Restrictions to New Heights

This week, the first HD-DVD releases entered the US market. The standards battle with Blu-Ray is the talk of the town, but that's not the only element of this format roll-out that will inevitably frustrate consumers. These discs come ready to restrict legitimate uses far beyond what you've faced with typical DVDs. Just as with DVDs, though, these restrictions won't do anything to stop "Internet piracy."

In a recent article in The Guardian, EFF's Seth Schoen discusses some of the restrictions you'll face in the future when you "upgrade." Without the DMCA, Hollywood wouldn't be able to get away with this. Take action now and support DMCA reform.


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