Comments: GoDVD!, DMCA, Macrovision (from Cites & Insights November 2004)

I have a box that eliminates macrovision and is connected between my DVD player and VCR. I have no idea if it is legal, but my use is only to allow me to watch DVDs: I use it merely as a means to connect my DVD player to my TV. My TV has only a HF-in connector, no video/audio in connections.

I have never copied a DVD onto a VHS tape, although the box allows me to do this.

Posted by whoever at October 15, 2004 06:12 PM

I work for a manufacturer of broadcast equipment, including things like standards convertors, picture stablisers, ADCs, and everything else needed by a modern TV station.

Without our equipment (or equivalents), you cannot put a TV channel out on the air (or the cable). With it, you can remove MacroVision and equivalent signals without any sign of tampering. Is our gear now illegal, since some of it is *designed* to remove MacroVision (so that you can get the best possible picture from VHS to pro equipment, for shows that request tapes from viewers)?

Posted by Simon Farnsworth at October 18, 2004 05:49 AM