After reading this post
in the Combo forum (and seeing it get locked) I just have to raise this issue.
Large parts of this forum are devoted to hardware cracking
of the RPC-2 protection scheme for PC based DVD drives. Now the movie industry (and the hardware manufacturers they bullied) implemented this scheme for a reason. That reason is to control and exploit the global consumers of DVD software for the benefit of their revenue streams, i.e. to make more money by ripping us off!
Now most people here (including myself) agree that this is a bad thing and we are naturally very grateful to people like the firmware patchers who can circumvent this scheme for us and give us back the freedom of choice that the movie industry tried to take from us.
I have no moral problem with cracking of RPC2 whilst it remains a free service. And here lies the problem. The DVD Region-Free
software is NOT free! In fact it is extortionately priced at $40. How is charging to remove the RPC2 restrictions any more morally right
than implementing it in the first place? We don't see Elaborate Bytes
charging for DVD Region Killer
, or inmatrix
charging for DVD Genie
. Of course, this is the software author's choice, which he is well within his rights to make, after all we don't have to buy his software! I'm at risk here of turning this post into a rant against that developer which it's not, so....
More to the point of this post, why should this forum condemn, prevent or discourage people asking for a crack for this software, when in fact they are actively involved in (firmware) cracking themselves? Both cracks will cost someone money. OK so a hardware crack costs a multi-billion dollar international corporation a few dollars for each DVD title whereas the software crack would cost a lone independent software developer his registration fee, but morally is there any difference? Both are seeking to profit from the RPC2 scheme.
Now don't get me wrong. I'm not condoning software theft at all. I just found a touch of hypocrisy in this particular (and probably contentious!) case and wanted to raise the issue to find out what other people think about this?
Merry Xmas & Happy New Year to everyone who reads this. I look forward to reading your views.