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High Definition Content Protection (HDCP)—you can't live with it, but you practically can't buy an HD-capable device anymore without it. While HDCP is typically used in devices like Blu-ray players, HDTVs, HDMI-enabled notebooks, and even the Apple TV in order to keep DRMed content encrypted between points A and B, it appears that Apple's new aluminum MacBook (and presumably the MacBook Pro) are using it to protect iTunes Store media as well.

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This pretty much sums it up...
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Funny how the media just caught onto this now. The whole purpose of DisplayPort (and HDMI to some extent) is to control protected content and keep it from being recorded between the source and the monitor. The same goes for BluRay players and most other HD sources. These schemes are nothing new and certainly not specific to Apple or its products.

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Do you think this could be why the composite/s-video adapter was dropped?
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Do you think this could be why the composite/s-video adapter was dropped?
I doubt it. It's not as if it impacts anything other than protected HD content. Many people use their computers to display home video, pictures and presentations. I'd be willing to bet they'll eventually release a mini-displayport versions. That's probably not at the top of the agenda at the moment though.

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Actually the previous Macbook pro was HDCP compliant too if I remember rightly!

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I understand why they put this in, but it irks me that I can no longer watch my own iTunes media on my $900 23" Apple Cinema Display.

Bummer.
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There is an easy fix for this problem, Its called bitrocket and it works great on a mac
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There is an easy fix for this problem, Its called bitrocket and it works great on a mac
Piracy is your answer?

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Piracy is your answer?

I dont agree with piracy, but I would be quite annoyed if I bought the movie and I cannot watch it on my own screen.

So my question is if I download an HD movie from iTunes and go from mini display port to an apple cinema sceen its going to block me?
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I'm probably being stupid, but if when you buy a movie off iTunes and you can't watch it, what are you supposed to do with it?! Or where are you supposed to watch it? Isn't piracy protection and all that supposed to stop the pirates watch it rather than the people who buy it, legally?

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I'm probably being stupid, but if when you buy a movie off iTunes and you can't watch it, what are you supposed to do with it?! Or where are you supposed to watch it? Isn't piracy protection and all that supposed to stop the pirates watch it rather than the people who buy it, legally?

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Nope, you're not being stupid in the least. Thus is the conundrum with DRM in general. For the most part, it only hurts those who lawfully purchase content. The pirates will always find a way around it.

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hmm. Maybe apple have taken it slightly too far.
The copy protection is the main reason I don't tend to buy stuff off iTunes! Particularly movies/TV shows.

Hopefully they will come to their senses.
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hmm. Maybe apple have taken it slightly too far.
The copy protection is the main reason I don't tend to buy stuff off iTunes! Particularly movies/TV shows.

Hopefully they will come to their senses.
Well, considering the stance that Apple (Steve Jobs, in particular) have taken against DRM, I suspect it's organizations like the RIAA and MPAA that are driving this and not Apple itself.

Apple only sells the content at the discretion of the content providers. If they demand DRM, there's precious little Apple can do if they want to sell the product.

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