Unstoppable: First Blu-ray film with Digital Copy for Android


In the United States, we live under a somewhat draconian law called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). This law essentially makes it a crime to not only copy an encrypted work, it’s also illegal to attempt to break the encryption. That didn’t stop the pirates, nor some people like you and I who felt that we should be able to duplicate our purchases for various reasons. These reasons included, but weren’t limited to:

– an archival copy: storing the original and watching the copy until it breaks or gets lost

– a time or location shifted copy: watching a movie in a different location than where you physically have the disc

– format shifting: being able to watch a movie on another device, perhaps one without an optical drive

To combat these “unlicensed” uses eventually the movie industry started to provide a “Digital Copy” that you could watch on, say, your phone. Unfortunately, this copy doesn’t work on every device, negating its usefulness.

What devices weren’t compatible? Amongst others, you guessed it: Androids. Luckily for us, that’s about to change. Unstoppable will be the first movie to include a Digital Copy that’s compatible with Android-powered devices.

It’s not going to be as easy as dragging-and-dropping the movie onto your sdcard. First, you’ll need Android 1.6 or higher with the Pocket BLU app installed. Then you’ll need to put the disc on your Wi-Fi connected Blu-ray player and follow the Digital Copy instructions to transfer the movie to your Android. It seems like a hassle to me.

Luckily, years after it was put in place, the Librarian of Congress added an exception to the DMCA that allows making a copy of encrypted media for personal, non-commercial use. In other words, you can now take those discs that you have, convert them into a format playable on your Android (even Xvid with the right player), and watch all the movies in your collection on your phone — no special “Android-compatible Digital Copy” needed.

Via: Engadget

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy". By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video. Read more about Joe Levi here.