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September 30, 2008 6:57 PM Subscribe
What is the difference (legal or otherwise) between "decoding" and "decrypting?"
posted by explosion to Law & Government (13 answers total)
I understand that for purposes of making more money and whatnot, the MPAA and RIAA would like "decrypting" their media to be illegal.
What I wonder though, is what is the difference between "decryption" and mere "decoding"? Music is encoded on a CD, and a CD player or computer decodes it back into music, right? So why, when on a DVD, is the movie considered "decryption"?
Is it seriously possible to make something legally "encrypted" just by ROT13ing it, and is there a legal distinction between the two concepts?