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July 19, 2008

Free DRM-free movie? Not likely


When I ordered "The Bank Job" on Blu-ray (above) from Amazon the other day I noticed that orange sticker on the front, "Includes Bonus Digital Copy."

What's that about, I wondered?

I mean, I'm buying the best possible version of the film so what's the point of another copy of it?

Then, when it arrived today, I read on the back of the box that you can "Download the film to your favorite portable player!"

Too bad I don't have one.


I got to thinking that hey, this means I can give the digital copy (it's on its own disc) to people so they can all download the movie and watch it free.


What a fool I am, eh?

I mean, what was I thinking?

That's the opposite of what's going down with the movie business, where the point is to cripple your ability to do stuff like that.

Sure enough, when I opened the DVD box I was greeted by the following: "Simply insert the disc into your PC. Enter Serial Number and valid email address. Click on 'Redeem'."


Here's what I'm gonna do: Offer my digital copy + Serial Number as the grand prize in a contest that I've yet to create.

Stay tuned.

July 19, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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Ooh! Ooh! The contest can be deciding the nature of the contest!

Posted by: tatiana | Jul 20, 2008 2:32:59 AM

I thought this was an excellent movie. Count me in for the contest.

Posted by: Milena | Jul 19, 2008 12:06:12 PM

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