Blu ray software

I have a VGN FW11M sony laptop that recently had to get repaired out of warranty, i had to have a new hard drive installed, trouble is a lot of software was pre-installed and now i have no blu ray software to work the Bluray DVD rom unles i pay Sony £50 for a new software bundle, is there any software i can download free of charge so i can at least watch movies etc or do i have to bite the bullet and pay, the hard drive failed a month out of warranty and that was after Sony had fixed it once, won't be buying anothe rone for sure.
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  1. No, there is no free Blu-ray player software available. It is too bad you did not make recovery discs while it was running fine. . .
  2. http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html + addon http://vlc-bluray.whoknowsmy.name/ = bluray playback
  3. I correct my last statement:

    No, there is no free and legal Blu-ray player software available.
  4. PhilFrisbie said:
    I correct my last statement:

    No, there is no free and legal Blu-ray player software available.


    Any reason why is that the case? Is Blu-ray playback some kind of licensed thing? A link to an article explaining that would be nice.
  5. Monkey With a Mouse said:


    I still see no laws that forbid programming such player.
  6. Sunius said:
    I still see no laws that forbid programming such player.

    In the US it falls under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA), which prohibits bypassing encryption. Blu-ray discs are all encrypted, and the encryption keys available for download have been cracked, which is also illegal in most countries.

    Now that I have said that, do not get me started on Fair Use and how this restricts it in the US. . .
  7. PhilFrisbie said:
    In the US it falls under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA), which prohibits bypassing encryption. Blu-ray discs are all encrypted, and the encryption keys available for download have been cracked, which is also illegal in most countries.

    Now that I have said that, do not get me started on Fair Use and how this restricts it in the US. . .


    How does the paid software get to decrypt the content then?
  8. Sunius said:
    How does the paid software get to decrypt the content then?

    They pay a license fee to One-Blue for the privilege. . .
  9. I see, that's BS...
  10. Sunius said:
    I see, that's BS...

    That is the patent system. . .
  11. Patent System = Profit
  12. Monkey With a Mouse said:
    Patent System = Profit

    Ideally, yes, but with software: Software patents = lock-in + lawsuits + lack of innovation
  13. + 1 ^
  14. i totally agree
  15. Monkey With a Mouse said:
    i totally agree

    Thanks, but I still wish it were not true ;)
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