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July 14, 2004
Bill Gates: DVDs Soon to be Obsolete
Tom's Hardware carries a report of an interview with Bill Gates in a German Newspaper in which Gates apparently said that DVDs would be obsolete in ten years (Bill Gates: DVD player dead within ten years):
Gates did not elaborate if the DVD-player will just die or if it will be replaced. In his view, it is "ridiculous" that today we have to carry around music and movies which are stored on "silver storage discs", since they easily could scratched or misplaced.
Well, gee, I guess I'll just have to buy all the movies I already bought all over again. Won't Hollywood be happy.
I'm a young guy. Some of the DVDs I own are already five years old. I expect that I should be able to watch those DVDs at least another fifty years from now. The only way that is truly feasible is if I'm permitted to rip the DVDs to another medium and put the DVDs into a nitrogen-filled storage container for preservation. So, don't tell me that making backups of DVDs isn't really necessary or not a permitted fair use, or simply not permitted under the DMCA.
See also, NY Times on DVD DRM.
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