Well, my DVD issues are definitely linked to the region setting on my zv6000 laptop. Two minutes with regionset out of AUR made it painfully obvious that I have stumbled onto some sort of vendor lock-in designed to keep me from using a DVD, short of investing in another drive that accepts the region. And to be honest, it’s not worth the trouble to me to try and circumvent something like that.
That’s because my other machine, the Inspiron 8000 with the NEC drive, reads any DVD just fine. It doesn’t matter if it’s U.S.-set, Japan-set or even Taiwan-set (I borrowed some Taiwanese DVDs and tested them as well). They all run fine, play fine and don’t give me any grief. It’s only the bigger machine that’s troublesome. (I’ll have to see if any firmware updates are available for the problem drive, since I burned two region settings checking to see if that was the issue. I hear that sometimes a firmware update will reset the count in the drive, and maybe I can win back a few settings with that.)
The odd consequence of this entire escapade is that it reinforces the idea that digital media — and by that I mean ripped video files, not physical discs — are improvements for people like me. I’d much rather have a backup collection of ogg movies and not bother with region settings and penny-ante tricks like that. It’s hard for me, mentally, right now, to persecute someone for stealing a movie off the Internet if they bought the thing legitimately and can’t use it, because of vendor codes that keep it from working.
So if you’re from the RIAA or any MPAA or any of those other self-important American-based entertainment industry lobbying groups, let’s review:
- Your firmware prevents me from playing a legitimately purchased DVD, because it was released from a different part of the planet.
- It’s easier for me to download the same movie than it is to make the DVD work.
- It’s cheaper for me to download it than it is to buy another DVD, since I’ve learned that it might not play for me, even if it’s legit.
- It’s cheaper for me to download it than it is to buy another DVD player.
- You just made another pirate and lost a potential sale. QED.
Now tell me again how pirates are ruining the music and movie industries? It seems to me to be the other way around.