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Blu-ray standard to gain legal copying in 2010

updated 12:50 pm EDT, Fri June 12, 2009

Blu-ray Managed Copy

An updated version of the Blu-ray standard will allow for limited copying, the head of the group behind the format's copy protection has acknowledged. Michael Ayers, chairman of the AACS Licensing Authority, confirms that almost all discs released after the first quarter of 2010 should allow one full-resolution copy, known as a Managed Copy. Videos will be writable to Blu-ray or DVD discs, or a Windows Media DRM-compatible file; alternately, a file may be included on-disc.

New players will be needed to support the feature however, and some distributors may choose to charge for copies, or simply disable the option if they are small and/or missing the full rights to material. Apple has also declined to provide support for files in its own format, making it difficult or impossible to sync videos with the likes of iPods, iPhones and Apple TVs. The company has generally resisted supporting Blu-ray on Macs, favoring downloads from its own iTunes Store.

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  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    That's right!

    It's the "Sure you bought the DVD, but if you want to make a copy in case our DVD media bites the big one, we're going to charge you extra! It's to cover all our costs for the copy, that's all." argument.

  1. ricardogf

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2003


    Blu-ray is DEAD

    Just another sign that things aren't going so well on the BD camp...a stillborn standard that will be buried in no time by digital streaming and downloads...not to mention the fact that DVDs are gonna be around for at least 5 more SJ the genius once said, what a f****** bag of overhyped, thanks!

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2004


    thanks apple. thanks sony

    thanks apple for refusing to support the digital copy.

    thanks sony for blu-ray...the standard allows so much room we were supposed to get things like more audio tracks, for foreign language dubs, and subtitles.

    Except when they went to release the disks, they decided not to ever include those.

    You have to buy a regionally encoded disk, technically not even allowed in your own country, through a grey market.

    Gee thanks, I'll pass.

  1. TheGreatButcher

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Jun 2000



    My biggest frustration with the lack of blu-ray support is I have this nice HD camera but no good economical way to export edited videos.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Junior Member

    Joined: Apr 1999


    No thanks

    I think I'll stick with ripping my DVDs (and maybe eventually BluRay if I decide to bother one day) to standard H.264 format with MacTheRipper and Handbrake, so I can do whatever I want with my media library, and the MPAA can go suck a chubby.

  1. Terrin

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2006


    No Thanks

    Blue ray often cost twice as much to rent, and they are hard if not impossible on a Mac to copy. No thanks.

  1. dru

    Senior User

    Joined: Apr 2002


    Microsoft Monopoly

    "or a Windows Media DRM-compatible file; alternately, a file may be included on-disc."

    Last I checked even Flip4Mac, MS's endorsed 3rd-party "solution" to playing WM files doesn't support all forms of WM's DRM. If you're not on Vista or Win7, I guess you'll be SOL.

  1. bluejammm

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2006



    I usually try to keep up and have some of the latest and greatest, but for some reason, I haven't taken the leap to Blueray. It's just missing that big something that makes me unable to justify the cost.

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