For those unaware, DVD Decrypter was a DVD archiving program that had garnered the respect of novices and hardcore
users alike. Simple to use yet full-featured, DVD Decrypter laid the groundwork for those among us who like to do such
things as create our own media servers or watch our DVDs on our Smartphones, PDAs, etc. It was a great program whose
uses were far greater than the assumed nefarious purpose of distributing DVDs over the Internet.
DVD Decrypter?s untimely death marks a sad time for fair-use advocates.
As more and more content is delivered digitally, the debate over what exactly is fair-use will only become more
heated. We?ll have two options a) we can accept what the content owners tell us is right or b) we can rely on the
programs, like DVD Decrypter, that are willing to push the envelope. It?s through these dedicated developers that
content owners are kept in check.
As for passing of DVD Decrypter ? Here?s what I would suggest: Donate. If you?re anything like me, you?ve probably
thought to yourself, ?I?ll do that someday.? However, you never quite got around to it. The author?s request was so
subtle and so unassuming that it was easy to forget the countless number of times you used the program. Don?t get me
wrong; donating will do nothing to change the outcome. Likewise, it will get you no support. Donating will get you no
future versions. Donating will get no bugs fixed. Absolutely nothing tangible will come from a donation.
So why donate? That?s easy. DRM is, and will always be, a grey area. There will always be the inevitable pull between
?fair use? and content owner?s rights. We, as consumers, need to encourage people to enter the grey area, and when
someone does step into the murky, uncharted waters we should reward them for doing so. All too often we expect these
people to put their livelihoods on the line. We expect them to fight big corporations. If they do fight, we
occasionally offer a paltry amount of money to help defray their legal costs. If they, on the other hand, choose to end
their contribution at simply creating a great tool/program/etc., they?re forgotten. It?s easy to forget that, either
way, their income has been ripped away from them. With the guarantee that nothing more will come from a donation, most
people do the obvious; they stop donating.
If you?re a DVD Decrypter user, chances are you?ve already had some good times with the program. Furthermore, your
good times will probably keep coming. After all, it?s a stable, useful program. Shouldn?t the author get to enjoy the
fruits of his labor? Besides, maybe, just maybe, it might encourage another developer to enter a grey area.
Rest In Peace DVD Decrypter. We?ll miss you.
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