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    Re: DvD Codecs for Windows Media Player

    they will take videolan to court
    Just like the RIAA/MPAA are doing in America then?

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    Re: DvD Codecs for Windows Media Player

    Not forgetting that you should be paying for your mpeg decoder too! Read the fine print for vlc, they expect you to organise the licensing of the decoder with the mpegla - Thats why windows doesn't decode dvds and why dvd decoders cost money. Fill a school full or machine with dvd decoders without licensing it and you could be in trouble!

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    Re: DvD Codecs for Windows Media Player

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    Just like the RIAA/MPAA are doing in America then?
    I didn't know they were doing that. I couldn't find anything about it anyway.

    Quote Originally Posted by DMcCoy
    Not forgetting that you should be paying for your mpeg decoder too! Read the fine print for vlc, they expect you to organise the licensing of the decoder with the mpegla - Thats why windows doesn't decode dvds and why dvd decoders cost money. Fill a school full or machine with dvd decoders without licensing it and you could be in trouble!
    Yeah... I did read that... not that anyone ever does this with VLC (unless they have money to burn). I guess it's still potential for trouble though.

    The reason this legality issue bugs me so much is because I hate windows media player with a passion (and I have been told the latest version is excessively full of DRM) and the software that comes bundled with the laptops for DVDs is a load of rubbish and takes up way too much space/memory for what it actually is and is supposed to do.

    I think I said in a previous post that VLC played a DVD with much better sound quality then its proprietary equivilant.

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    Re: DvD Codecs for Windows Media Player

    I didn't know they were doing that. I couldn't find anything about it anyway
    I was being sarcastic. I guess your unaware of the RIAA/MPAA's current legal tactics whereby they sue end users.

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    Re: DvD Codecs for Windows Media Player

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    I was being sarcastic. I guess your unaware of the RIAA/MPAA's current legal tactics whereby they sue end users.
    Are these the people who are suing users for file sharing then?

    Haven't they also sued the creators of the file sharing programs (if known)?

    I don't really know that much about law, even with relation to computers. There seems to be so much confusion about what is actually legal and what is not due to the way things are worded... take the M$ license for XP for instance :S.

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    Re: DvD Codecs for Windows Media Player

    I'm not sure if this uses the libvdeccs or whatever it was that video lan uses that is illegal but this was what I was reffering to earlire on :

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffdshow

    Let me know what you think and also if it works

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    Re: DvD Codecs for Windows Media Player

    There is the k-lite codec pack which comes in the mega pack and the lite pack which you can see on this page :

    http://www.codecguide.com/features_kl.htm

    Seems to be a good bet, there is also the ace mega codec pack

    http://www.divx-digest.com/software/acemega_codec.html

    But I think one of the first two from the k-lite codec pack should do the trick nicely

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    Re: DvD Codecs for Windows Media Player

    Just realised that the codecguide site has a good FAQ that you may wanna check out :

    http://www.codecguide.com/faq.htm

    Looks like the k-lite codec pack is a good option and that the ffdshow wont work with playback of dvd's.

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    Re: DvD Codecs for Windows Media Player

    The problem is DVDs are mpeg-2, still a patented technology - just because you can download a codec doesn't mean you can legally install it. I'm not too bothered really as I can't see how we can legally play commercial dvds anyway (without throwing money at a licensing agency) and home made dvds aren't too big a deal here atm.

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    Re: DvD Codecs for Windows Media Player

    Quote Originally Posted by SpuffMonkey
    Download Media Player Classic
    Seconded

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    Re: DvD Codecs for Windows Media Player

    I have just started using K-lite on a few of the school machines as this includes Media player Classic. Or there is AVS dvd player another freebie but struggle with some discs that have flash intros..... :?

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    Re: DvD Codecs for Windows Media Player

    I presume then that a teacher playing a DVD say romeo and juliet for an english class is breaking the law then?

    Ben

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    Re: DvD Codecs for Windows Media Player

    It's ok if you bought a legit media player that has codec, but not if the codec was free. Personally I'll treat this 'law' with the contempt it deserves.

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    Re: DvD Codecs for Windows Media Player

    The various K-Lite Codec packs include commercial MPEG2 codecs. The ones included are the Intervideo and Cyberlink ones. Both of these are commercial codecs and I really can't see it being legal to install these without purchasing their players.

    For what it's worth, I don't think Media Player Classic can decode DVDs without an appropriate codec. Unless you pay for a licenced player, you don't have a legal codec installed.

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    Re: DvD Codecs for Windows Media Player

    In that case just get in touch with cyberlink ( the people who make power dvd ) and purchase the relevant amount of licenses for the dvd codecs or even just power dvd for them to playback the dvd's, whether its still breaking the law because of playing them back and not having a public license or whatever was mentioned earlier is a different story

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