FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
Like many folks, I have taken many VHS home movies of my children over the years. Wanting to avoid degredation of the tapes, as is often publicized, I undertook to dub them onto DVDs to preserve the material. I purchased a typical dual-deck device, as sold in many many 'normal' retail outlets, to accomplish this. Suprisingly, the DVD recorder claimed that a number of my home movies were 'copyrighted material' and would not record them onto DVD, no matter how many times I tried. I have spoken with other people, undertaking similar projects, to whom this has happened. This type of false-positive identification/accusation is particularly destructive in my situation, as I am left with very few options to digitally preserve the movies that I shot myself. Apparently, the overzealous 'protection' methods employed in today's technology are not without innocent victims.