20 Jun

Apex DVD players have been banned by Ebay by request of Macrovision, who make the copyright protection that is used on DVDs. The original editions of the Apex player had a hidden menu that allowed you to turn off the copy protection. Macrovision invoked the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which outlaws anyone from selling technology that can be used to get around “protection afforded by a technological measure that effectively protects a right of a copyright owner.” So, basically, even if you had no intention of pirating DVDs, you are technically prohibited from ever selling an Apex player with the hidden menu. Maybe you’re just interested in the player’s ability to play mp3s. Too bad! The DMCA strikes again!

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