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TVMyPod offers pre-loaded video iPods

TVMyPod is a new service that allows consumers to buy fifth-generation (video) iPods pre-loaded with the DVDs of their choice.

“With nearly 100 television shows from ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and HBO and over 100 movies, sports events and concerts to choose from, TVMyPod offers something for everyone,” says the company. “Can’t find the DVDs you want? No problem—TVMyPod will locate what you want and customize your order. Here’s how it works: Customers purchase the iPod and the DVDs of their choice; TVMyPod then converts the DVDs to iPod format and loads them onto the iPod at no extra charge. The customer receives the loaded iPod in its original packaging, along with each of the DVDs he or she purchased.”

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1

That’s illegal unless they give you the dvd with it

Posted by Jonathan Keim on November 21, 2005 at 11:31 AM (PDT)

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“The customer receives the loaded iPod in its original packaging, along with each of the DVDs he or she purchased.â€?

Posted by Steffen on November 21, 2005 at 11:49 AM (PDT)

3

Last line say: “The customer receives the loaded iPod in its original packaging, along with each of the DVDs he or she purchased.â€?

Posted by Robbie on November 21, 2005 at 11:52 AM (PDT)

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However, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) states that it’s illegal to break the CSS copy-protection mechanism employed by most commercial DVD movies. What does that mean? Most fair-use advocates say that the policy directly contradicts U.S. copyright law, but the DMCA seems to indicate that you cannot make a copy of a commercial DVD, even for personal use…
http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-3513_7-5128652.html
Their website should address all of this, but it does not… wonder why?

Posted by daddy-o on November 21, 2005 at 1:36 PM (PDT)

5

How long will it be before some fool plugs one of these iPods into their PC and it immediately syncs and wipes all the movies off it again… lol !!

Posted by Magic Rabbits in Aberdeen, Scotland on November 21, 2005 at 3:19 PM (PDT)

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Daddy-o: Presumably they are performing the CSS-decryption outside the U.S., rendering the process entirely 100% legal…

Posted by Magic Rabbits in Aberdeen, Scotland on November 21, 2005 at 3:21 PM (PDT)

7

well this might be something to look into i wonder how much dvds are and how much the tv shows cost??

Posted by BIGP in Texas on November 21, 2005 at 8:47 PM (PDT)

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Also, people should not forget: Fair Use and DMCA are both law, in complete conflict, but only fair use has ever withstood a court challenge.

The parts of the DMCA that turn somebody trying to rip their Velvet Revolver CD or Family Guy DVD to their iPod will probably never survive a court challenge. They’re a paper tiger that exists to intimidate but are unenforceable at best.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on November 21, 2005 at 9:15 PM (PDT)

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“How long will it be before some fool plugs one of these iPods into their PC and it immediately syncs and wipes all the movies off it again… lol !!”

LOL Magic Rabbits! That actually made me laugh. I could totally see that happening. Even worst, happening to me.

Posted by Dawn Marie on November 21, 2005 at 10:58 PM (PDT)

10

Do they sync the special features (documentaries, etc.) as well or just the films themselves?

Posted by JoshSpazJosh on November 22, 2005 at 9:42 AM (PDT)

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Yeah, well, the “paper tiger” may exsist to scare consumers, but it really does go after people who want to pursue commercial ventures outside of the law.  The encryption on a DVD MUST be superceded to get the data off of it onto an ipod.  The service violates the DMCA. 

Believe me, if it were legal, I’d quit my day job in a heartbeat and offer this as my line of work with 12 different quality levels and wouldn’t require purchase in advance, just proof of ownership.

As it stands, every digital content delivery system that can be dreamed up, whether it’s ipod, HDD, or Tivo is restricted to what you created yourself (home movies) or what you buy for that specific device.  If you do anything else, you fly in the face of the law, and you’re subject to all those hefty fines the gov’t feels free to throw your way if you’re caught.

Making money on it is a sure fire way to get caught, btw…

Posted by ajservo on November 22, 2005 at 11:59 PM (PDT)

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