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is it Legal to install Kill region for playing foreign DVDs ?


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is it Legal to install Kill region for playing foreign DVDs ?

All computers only allows to switch "regions" 5 fixed times. Why ? and is it Legal to install Kill region for playing foreign DVDs after the 5 times are up ?
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To be honest, I have no idea why Windows only lets you switch your DVD drive region five times when playing other region DVDs. There's certainly no law that says you cannot do everything in your power to circumvent region protection. At least, not one that I am aware of because that would be unbelievably stupid. Just that you can't, technically, bypass the ones that prevent you from making a 1:1 copy. Would region protection fall under that category? I don't know. Intricacies of copyright law are a real pain in the butt, and tend to vary by region anyway.

I would say that the whole "region lock" thing with DVDs was originally intended to prevent you importing a DVD at a better price from another region. Maybe there's another reason for it? I really don't know.

Regardless, it's not really that big of an issue nowadays. So yes, as long as you obtained the DVD through legal means, nobody is going to care how you get it to play. It's not like people are going to come after you for it because as far as region locking is concerned, no one cares.
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Auto7890,

Thank you for asking about Region coding. Wikipedia has a great article that discusses it thoroughly.

http://en.wikipedia....DVD_region_code

Also recently discussed on Tekzilla:
http://revision3.com...-101#rev3Player

The only legal and free way of watching region locked dvd's is to use VLC media player. Anything else (if you live in the USA) could violate copy protection laws such as DMCA. Yes there are protests and recent rulings that are relaxing dvd region coding, but we are not a legal discussion forum.
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Ok, has anyone here used any of these ?
css free + kill region + dvd43
??
Also they say that you must be careful otherwise you can stuff up the drive or the operating system ,is this true ?

Apparently you must choose the correct software for your specific drive ,they say.
My drive is a MATSHITA UJ-840D
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don't worry about using kill region. Not worth messing with it. Not when there are alternatives like VLC. We can't advise any further as it violates DMCA and therefore against site policy to support this.
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