A teacher came to me yesterday unable to play a DVD from Spain because OS X required her to switch the region code for her software, with the ominous warning, “You will only be able to change region four times.” Is this related to digital rights management (DRM) or other copyright issues?
The workaround was to install VLC, an alternate media player that plays the region 3 DVD without complaint. The only catch is that you need to keep the Apple region warning in the background, or else it will eject the DVD. Thanks to Miguel Guhlin for the idea (he likes it for MP3-independent podcasting). Too bad about Apple, whose support of some (unknown to me) legal issue makes their DVD player relatively unusable.
Does anyone know why VLC chose the traffic cone for its logo? It is a warning sign for the potholes caused by DRM?