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2001\02\25@211318 by McMeikan, Andrew

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due to the latest movie industry innovations a screwdriver could become a
circumvention device against a copy protection method.

If anyone lives in Holland, could you rip apart one of these tapes to see
how they self destruct after viewing twice?

It Just keeps getting beyond my imagination
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I don't think people will stand for it, but you never know.

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2001\02\25@222326 by Peter Lau

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I imagine it'd be some kind of mechanical latch that engages once the tape
has been played front to end, twice. A small magnet or something would erase
the tape if it were rewound, (many VCRs do this automatically.

Peter L.


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2001\02\25@223813 by David VanHorn

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At 10:03 AM 2/26/01 +0800, McMeikan, Andrew wrote:
>due to the latest movie industry innovations a screwdriver could become a
>circumvention device against a copy protection method.
>
>If anyone lives in Holland, could you rip apart one of these tapes to see
>how they self destruct after viewing twice?It Just keeps getting beyond my
>imagination
>www.videostoremag.com/news/html/Industry_article.cfm?sec_id=2&article
>_id=811

I don't know who writes their HTML, but the page is totally trashed in MSIE.

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2001\02\25@234945 by Robert Rolf

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"Disney Goes Dutch With 'Ugly' Cassette
That Allows Consumers to Watch Film Only Twice
Author: BRUCE APAR, DIRECTOR OF CONTENT &
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, ADVANSTAR ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
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Posted: February 16, 2001

In what might be a prelude to a U.S. rollout, a
VHS cassette limited to two plays will be test
marketed in Holland by Buena Vista Home
Entertainment's international arm.

Debuting with Coyote Ugly, the so-called
"2view" cassette will allow VCR consumers in
The Netherlands up to two full plays of the
film at a retail price of U.S.$6.50. After the
two plays, the cassette can be recorded over
repeatedly as a blank tape. Dutch rental
shops anticipate big retailers will discount the
2view to a street price of about U.S.$4.
...

E-mail exchanges among a handful of
international video retailers show they view
2view as a potentially devastating threat to
their rental business.

It is called "sinister" and is compared to Divx,
the aborted limited-play DVD-online variation
that priced movies at $5 for one play.

Introduction of a limited-play cassette has
been attempted on several occasions over the
past 15 years in the United States without
success.
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I wonder why the limited-play cassette never caught on? Too easy to
bypass I'd bet.

David VanHorn wrote:
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> At 10:03 AM 2/26/01 +0800, McMeikan, Andrew wrote:
> >due to the latest movie industry innovations a screwdriver could become a
> >circumvention device against a copy protection method.

Yep, that it would. Wanna bet that the cases are ultrasonically sealed
so that you can't open them without breaking them.

Next thing you know they'll by outlawing soldering irons.
You could use it fuse the erase mechanism by poking it in from the
outside,
no screwing around required.

My guess is that they have a permanent magnet held behind a shield
which gets moved into position after the first rewind.
It then erases the tape as you play it the 2nd time, and then
moves out of the way permanently for the 3rd and subsequent passes.

Just how dumb do they think people are?? Did they not learn from
the many compromises of the DTH satellite system? Or the DVD CSS crack,
or MP3 or Napster or....  Make the content cheaply available and people
will pay. Make it expensive and people will steal it instead.


> >
> >If anyone lives in Holland, could you rip apart one of these tapes to see
> >how they self destruct after viewing twice?It Just keeps getting beyond my
> >imagination
> >www.videostoremag.com/news/html/Industry_article.cfm?sec_id=2&article
> >_id=811
>
> I don't know who writes their HTML, but the page is totally trashed in MSIE.

Yeah, it's pretty bad. Luckily Netscape can handle it.

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