[Linux4christians] Playing DVDs and Video files legally in Linux??
rmatlack at alexandria.cc
Wed Dec 14 18:06:15 EST 2005
I am new to this list. I have been using Linux (Mepis) almost exclusively for
a little over a year. I run Win4Lin for old Windows applications I must have.
I have recently come across a problem: how do Linux users legally view certain
video clips and DVDs? I went to a Christian site which had what looked like
great stuff in wmv files. As I understand it, this requires downloading some
Windows dll files (?) which some say violates copyright laws. Is there a way
to legally view these files? Also, as I understand it I cannot watch a
legally purchased DVD on my Linux laptop because this violates not copyright
laws, but a law that says all DVD decoders must be registered. (Sort of like
reading a legally purchased book with glassed that aren't licensed by the
government, as I understand it.)
I love Linux, but it does seem to me that this poses a dilemma. Pastor Parris
correctly stated: "Infringing copyrights is surely a moral issue among people
of all (or at least most) faiths."
What are our legal options? I know Linspire has a legal DVD reader, but I
don't think it can be purchased and used by users of other distros.
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