> Glad to have this opportunity to go into more detail with you.
Yes, I do think there are some points which need to be clarified.
> I'm not going to take things in any particular order here, but
I agree there has been some reverse engineering done on DVD-A - it's a
common enough practice in all kinds of software development, not just
free software. My point was that as this particular code does not
support MLP, it is no use for people who want to infringe copyright
by transcoding commercial DVD-A discs.
> The reason MLP is not supported, not breach of watermarking, is
All kinds of copy protection and encoding schemes have been
compromised by reverse engineering - if they hadn't, there wouldn't
have been any need for laws against it. Turing reverse engineered the
Enigma code, so the practice is as old as computers themselves.
> In addition, this can never, ever produce anything that is DVD-A
On the contrary, I could point you towards several successful examples
from the world of software. The Samba file/print server does the job
so well that Microsoft engineers study it to find out how SMB works.
> As to the illegality of this, I do not know what country you are
It's the UK. I live on the Isle of Wight.
> Here in the UK this is a criminal offence under the
Does that even apply if you don't reverse engineer the copy protection
> It is even an offence to
I confess, I bought a region-free DVD-A player from Amazon. I think
the police are a little too busy to arrest me right now though.
> it is still a criminal
Agreed, but as I pointed out, it's not the same crime as theft.
However, I wasn't advocating copyright infringement - you seem to
have missed that I was talking about software which I am allowed to
copy and distribute under licence. These are free software licences,
such as the GNU GPL.
> As for the rest of it, I won't go near open source - no support, no
You are already near it. The Sound on Sound website runs on it, as do
many others, including Google. It's quite likely to be in your next
phone. It's in the Korg Oasys and the Hartmann Neuron.
If you want support, ask IBM or any other major IT firm and they will
provide it. As for guarantees or comebacks, I think you'd be very
lucky to get more than the purchase price out of a proprietary
software firm, if that. Has anyone you know sued Microsoft and won?