« on: September 23, 2010, 08:50:53 pm »
Thanks for the comments.
DMCA style copyright legislation is not yet in place in Canada and fair-use allows (currently) for backing up of media for a variety of reasons. DMCA style copyright legislation has recently been re-introduced here and there are significant concerns about the limitations that it would impose. I understand that circumventing DRM/copy protection is illegal in many places, the DMCA heavily emphasises this. DMCA recently allows circumventing for specific (very limited, usually research) purposes but continues to criminalise distributing and acquiring the tools to circumvent. Significant legal problems would arise, in countries implementing DMCA style legislation, if LMCE were to implement circumvention functionality, or even permit a discussion about the methods to circumvent.
This question (not only this one) comes up frequently enough that there must be a vast gaping hole in the information new users see when they arrive at the forums. We don't have a 'START HERE' post with an FAQ like most other forums I visit. I wonder if a general sticky message at the top of the user forum with a 'READ THIS FIRST' kinda subject and a body including links to the main LMCE web page, wiki pages (especially FAQ), why no blu-ray, blah, blah would be a useful tool in heading off some of the repetitive new user questions... Yes I know most of the info is on the wiki, but until you read through 50 random posts or more there is no link to the wiki from the forum and no FAQ guide here either. If nothing else it may help reduce Thom's irritation/stress levels with recurring questions on the forums.
Thom: I understand your point re: medibuntu. Thanks.