Sorry for the long news blackout - my offline life kept me pretty
busy, but of course I have a news rundown for you.
Software wise we've had a new release of BDSup2Sub
which disabled fixing invisible subtitles by default, changes the
cli for parameters you can turn on/off and adds the default background
color handling to the min time textfield.
been updated twice, with the latest version 6.10.2 bringing fixes
in the media server, XMLTV, recording and other unspecified functions
and the previous release also only bringing bugfixes.
is better at handling DVDs with bogus files.
2.9.7 allows you to configure the list of common languages,
splits the preferences dialog into several tabs and fixes a number
Rebuilder 0.24.02 fixes a bunch of bugs.
2.5.0 now uses plugins for audio codecs, audio devices and video
filters as well as the x264 and XviD encoders, uses scripted wizards
which should make make them easier to expand, uses an updated ffmpeg
library and there are various fixes and enhancements as well.
0.32 has also been released - it supports a few more codecs.
Then the usual shenanigans from the copyright industry: Three
strikes is currently off the table in Spain as the government
wouldn't endorse the endeavor. Instead, the copyright industry is
focusing on going after Bittorrent sites for now.
Three strikes is still on the table in France, where the government
is feverishly trying to get around the constitutional roadblocks
- expect a vote on an amended text by July 20th.
Then some news on the Pirate Bay trial: First of all, there
won't be a retrial due to the judge's membership in pro copyright
groups. Then comes the news that the
site has been sold to a Swedish software company called Global Gaming
Factory X. What they really intend to do with the site remains
somewhat of a mystery - statements
by all parties still leave a lot open to debate, but I suppose
it's safe to say that the site will undergo some interesting changes
as the new owners will try to recoup their investment somehow, and
as a publicly traded company, they'll try to reduce their exposure
to lawsuits. And hot on the heels of these news come allegations
of insider trading by the buyer.
Then some news on the retrial of Jammie Thomas-Rasset: Her lawyers
wows to appeal, and one the artists whose work she was convicted
of sharing issued
a strong statement against the greedy actions of the major labels.
Now here's one interesting tidbit: if you want to buy ads that
air during a TV show, those
that run online will cost you more. A sign of things to come?
If only they'd have come to their senses 10 years ago: Former RIAA
boss Hilary Rosen isn't the only one to have come to the realization
that they blew it with Napster - the current head of the British
equivalent - the BPI - is now agreeing
Finally, the AACS LA has significantly lowering licensing fees
for Blu-ray discs to encourage smaller productions make their way
to Blu-ray, and Big
Cable in the US is starting experiments with paid content delivery
over the Internet.