Hurrah for the French!

Man buys DVD of Mulholland Drive. Man wants to copy it to VHS so he can watch it at his mum’s house, and she doesn’t have a DVD player. Copy protection stops man from doing so. French consumer groups go to court, arguing that the copy protection infringes on man’s legal rights. French legal eagles agree.

The verdict will no doubt be overturned in a heartbeat, but it’s the right decision and a victory for common sense. I’m almost ready to forgive the French for making Euro-iPods too quiet.

(incidentally, is it just me or is there something a bit odd about wanting to watch Mulholland Drive with your mum? “Hey, ma! Lesbians!”)

2 thoughts on “Hurrah for the French!

  1. Ronnie Brown says:

    >> I’m almost ready to forgive the French for making Euro-iPods too quiet.

    Aaaah, it all make sense now.

    Out of all the iPods I’ve listened to (belonging to my friends), mine was the loudest. I bought it in New York.

    Then when it stopped working (which it did), I got a replacement from Apple, shipped, I think, from Amsterdam or Dublin. And it’s now much quieter..!

    I’ve been trying to figure out why for ages…

  2. Gary says:

    EU noise level limits – they apply to all portable audio, not just digital. There’s a hack – if you’re on the mac, google for iPod Volume Booster. Does what it says on the tin.

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