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Old 10-23-2011, 02:45 AM
 
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I have Pioneer VHS Recorder and a lot of Disney Videos. I want to transfer them to DVD but unfortunatly I can't do it as my recorder says "Copyrighted Material" What can I do against it?

 
Old 10-23-2011, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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The real answer? Stop watching Disney stuff as much as possible. Disney was the corporation that spearheaded the lobbying to extend copyrights into perpetuity. In "protecting the stockholders" the company is more ethically challenged than the big banks. Walt was a visionary. The company turned sour after he died.
 
Old 10-28-2011, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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FWIW - the problem is only going to get worse. There is a growing attempt to remove items in the public domain and slap copyrights on them.

It gets crazy when you rent a DVD of "Potemkin" and see a big FBI warning label on it. First, it was done by the Russians, second, it was promoting the idea of the rights of the masses and communism, third, any real copyright on it expired long ago. Just because some BOZO got a copy and can make dupes from that does NOT give him the right to assert copyright. Don't give me the "digital enhancement" cr*p. If I wash the dirt off a painting, does that make it my own copyrightable work? You-tube currently has Potemkin available for viewing free. At least there is a nod to common sense there.

Google books is running into a similar situation, where companies are converting the Google scanned images of old books to a print on demand format, and slapping a copyright on it. When the Google books engine sees the title with a copyright, it removes it from the completely viewable books.

Make no mistake, if such excesses are allowed to continue, there will be little or nothing available in the public domain, and you will be eventually be forced to pay a fee to read the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, and not allowed to keep a permanent copy.

Perhaps what the OWS protesters need to add to their bucket list is to occupy the commons, before it is sold to a company who operates parks accessible for a fee.

I don't encourage people to break laws, but I do encourage people to protect themselves and way of life. However, I would STILL avoid watching Disney or doing anything that increases the bottom line of that company until it gets the travesty of copyright reversed. Don't get your kids addicted to their version of kiddie crack.
 
Old 10-28-2011, 02:31 PM
 
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Originally Posted by harry chickpea View Post
Disney was the corporation that spearheaded the lobbying to extend copyrights into perpetuity.
It's not perpetuity but they were successful in getting it extended a significant amount. Early Disney work will start to enter the public domain in about a decade.
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