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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:32 pm 
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I was wondering, are DVD players/burners in a notebook also limited to reading only a specific Region of DVDs or is it free for all?

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I don't think region coding is something inherent to the DVD drive, more to the DVD playing software. As far as I know, if you're using, say, VLC or Media player classic with the k-lite codec pack, regions should become a non-issue.
The encryption used "LibDVDCSS" is also easily (automatically) circumvented using those programs, where the default windows media player wants you to jump through some hoops.

Do keep in mind that some DVD bays are DVD-R or DVD+R only which MIGHT cause trouble.

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Even though the so called protection has been broken for years, I believe they still have it in place as it remains a piece of ammunition when it comes to calling in the lawyers. Without knowing the exact legality in all parts of the world, there are many tools available to get around it anyway.

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Thanks for the reactions. :-)

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It's been a while since I looked at this in detail but my memory tells me that region coding is enforced not only by software (e.g. Windows and/or a third party BD player) but also, in the case of DVDs at least, by the player firmware. That probably also applies to BD players as well though region coding (A, B and C) differs from DVD regions. It's not the place of this forum to advise on how to get around these various restrictions but, as popo says, it's not difficult to ferret out what you need on the specialist AV forums such as AVS. If a firmware hack is also needed then that's possibly going to be more of an issue than with a PC where you can choose what drive to use.

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As far as the legal issues go concerning copy protection circumvention, Wout is from the Netherlands, like me. We do not have a law like the DMCA (which disallows the reverse engineering of copy protection), and we actually pay a small tax on any physical data carrier we buy. It is legal to "obtain" (download) and use (watch/listen to) music and movies for personal use! (despite what copyright troll organisations like Brein/Buma Stemra are telling the public)

(I hope this sorts the legality debate) :)

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I think the point that has to be understood, is that CameraLabs is an international website, and to promote things that could be illegal in other countries (copy protection infringement) is not what CameraLabs stands for.

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Thanks, Wout. Excellent summary of our position.

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Apple tie the DVD player software and hardware together allowing up to 5 modifications of the region setting. After the fifth modification the setting is retained in the firmware and cannot be changed.

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2397
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html ... /7016.html

As has been mentioned there may be various ways to circumvent manufacturer enforcement of DVD region codes but weather they are legal or not is country specific.

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