Why DeCSS is a good thing

I was quite happy to see a mainstream media outlet (the Washington Post) with a concise, thought-out piece on DVD copy protection and how overboard the motion picture industry is going.

Rob Pegoraro does a good job of arguing for restraint among lawmakers at preventing users from fair use of the content they purchase from the movie companies.

He details the usefulness of being able to download DVDs to a hard drive so that you don't have to drag the DVDs (and more importantly for some users, the DVD player) with you when you go on a business trip, as well as being able to skip over unwanted advertisements, etc.