Copyright Protection Matters, cont. – There may be a limit to what consumers want to pay for their music. One suggestion has been for a new business model to take advantage of P2P file-sharing technology but make it legal. Both the music companies and Hollywood studios seem to have forgotten the Supreme Court’s 1980 BetaMax decision which allowed consumers to videotape copyrighted material (time-shifting) to watch it later in the privacy of their homes. It’s ironic that one of the recent examples of disaster resulting from overzealous copyright protection actions was Sony’s own anti-CD-copying software which backfired seriously on them. Another was the inability of any of the DVDs of Stephen Spielberg’s “Munich” to be played on even all-region DVD players when they were mailed out to hundreds of judges who would have voted a British film award to the film if they could have only viewed it. The fault was due to a combination of copyright protection and regional coding. If this heavy-duty encryption is applied to the new hi-def DVD formats, discs purchased in one region will be totally unplayable in others.
HDMI and HD Radio Featured in Yamaha HT Receiver – Yamaha Electronics Corporation latest 7.1-channel digital home theater receiver includes IBiquity HD Radio reception, HDMI, Dual i.LINK, and Yamaha’s own Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer technology. The latter sets up parameters of optimum sound quality at the listening position, and takes about three minutes at the touch of a button. There is also a Pure Direct Switch providing the highest stereo and multichannel quality without any processing involved. The RX-V4600 receiver will be available in June.