UIC Review of Intellectual Property Law


Timothy M. Cho


With Blu-ray Disc (“BD”) and HD-DVD poised to take over the $24.6 billion home video market, the issue of copy protection is the most significant obstacle to overcome before this new technological era can be fully ushered in. This comment proposes that impending Advanced Access Content System (“AACS”) implementation and Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) enforcement are not effective remedies for protecting copyrighted material and curbing rampant piracy in connection with BD and HD-DVD. Limiting the proposed scope of the DMCA, rejecting analog hole legislation, and creating low cost digital marketplace alternatives to illicit activity are the best ways to address this problem.