Real Networks (are they still around?) is trying to make itself relevant again by releasing a $30 program that will allow users to make digital copies of their DVDs.
With some restrictions to appease the big media companies, of course.
The software, which will go on sale on Real.com and Amazon.com this month, will allow buyers to make one copy of a DVD, playable only on the computer where it was made. The user can transfer that copy to up to five other Windows computers, but only by buying additional copies of the software for $20 each. The software does not work on high-definition Blu-ray discs, which the movie industry has even more aggressively sought to protect from illicit copying.
No thanks. Handbrake and other open source programs will do the same thing at no cost with no restrictions.
However, the larger point is that the restrictions Real’s software imposes shouldn’t be necessary.
I paid for the media. I should have the right to view it on any device I like without paying additional fees or getting permission from anyone.
Real, this program, and the whines that come from the MPAA about people “stealing” their content are all irrelevant.