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A band of Garage CGI Spielbergs, a Machinima movie and Hollywood's establishment

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P2P networks, portable digital media, the MPAA, Brooklyn Technical High School, the US government and terrorism

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Apple: 1/10th of a step closer to legit DVD ripping?

Lots of talk the last few days about the various iTunes-related announcements slated for Jobs' MacWorld keynote January 14th.

Talk of movie rentals from Fox as well as potentially other studios (difficult to imagine Disney won't be on board). There are also indications that Apple is licensing its FairPlay DRM to studios so that they can in turn include Fairplay'd (H.264?) versions of the movie on future DVDs.

While that's nice, we'd still love to see Apple go all the way and strike deals with the studios by which iTunes could legally rip DVDs (old, new, rented) for a modest price ($4.99?), wrap them in Fairplay and make them accessible to your computers and iPods the way a song bought from iTMS would be. While we're at it, we'd also like to see the rest of the AppleTV/iTunes roadmap we imagined earlier in the year...




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