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chrisii2011 25-04-2013 16:59

Isnt ultraviolet illegal?
 
For example i have given my brother an ultraviolet copy of the hobbit for his laptop so now he doesn't have to go out and spend 10 on the DVD he has a free copy on his laptop. I thought they wanted to stop copying so people go out and actually buy the film.
To me ultraviolet is no different than copying a film
Any other opinions?

darkjedimaster 25-04-2013 17:03

The law is in the process of changing so that it will no longer be illegal for people to backup their films. I have a backup of every film that I have purchased, regardless of if it comes with a digital copy or not, so that I can watch the film on any of my devices.

mred2000 25-04-2013 17:07

Ultraviolet isn't illegal. Allowing someone else to have your UV code is probably against their T&Cs, though.

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Originally Posted by darkjedimaster (Post 65562284)
The law is in the process of changing so that it will no longer be illegal for people to backup their films. I have a backup of every film that I have purchased, regardless of if it comes with a digital copy or not, so that I can watch the film on any of my devices.

I thought it was legal for everyone to have one backup copy of the stuff they owned anyway...? Even though it can be difficult for the average bod on the street to do...

Or do you mean they're going to be making that illegal?

theonlyweeman 25-04-2013 17:42

The Ultaviolet scheme allows you to share copies with up to 5 family members. And given that it's run by the companies who own the copyright, you're probably not going to get sued...

brangdon 27-04-2013 15:51

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Originally Posted by chrisii2011 (Post 65562239)
I thought they wanted to stop copying so people go out and actually buy the film.

It's not illegal to make a copy provided you have permission from the copyright owner. The people setting up Ultraviolet know that they are competing with piracy, and a major reason why people do pirate is convenience. So they have tried to make Ultraviolet convenient, and generally tried to give customers licence to do what they would have done anyway. They know that hoping to sell two copies of The Hobbit to the same household is unrealistic. This way they've at least sold one.

I see it as a positive move.


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