Warner Bros. DVD’s ‘Digital Copy’ excludes Mac, iPod users (but, you still get to pay for it)

The Special Edition DVD of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and other DVDs from Warner Bros. include something they call “Digital Copy” which is a Windows Media-compatible copy of a movie which can be quickly and legally transferred from a purchased DVD to a Windows PC or “PlaysForSure” portable media device.

MacDailyNews Take: If you are a Mac and/or iPod user, it seems highly likely that you are paying Warner Bros. for this useless feature.

Warner Bros. Websites states that to use Digital Copy, you will need a PC running Windows XP or Windows Vista, Windows Media Player 10 or above, a DVD-ROM drive, Internet Explorer, version 6 or higher, and an Internet connection. No downloading is required but you’ll need to connect to the Internet the first time you run the disc to enter a special code to get your copy of the movie.

Warner Bros. is interested in hearing feedback regarding “Digital Copy.” You can rate your Digital Copy experience, let Warner know if you’d like this feature on other DVDs, and share any additional comments you might have here.


  1. Maybe we should ask Apple to work with these companies so they can make a Fairplay version for iPod+iTunes. I doubt Apple would do this as it would provide competition for the iTunes Store.

    To Penelope: that’s stealing. You should buy the disc and then rip a copy for personal use.

  2. I sent them a little note as well.

    I honestly think this is a great idea, if they would just get over the anti-Apple mindset. For the masses, things like Handbrake aren’t as accessible, but this is… or could be.

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