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libdvdcss2 and w32codecs for Ubuntu December 4, 2005

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You need codecs (decoders) and software to read the contents of DVDs to be able to see multimedia files of different formats, as well as DVDs. These software are provided free for use in Ubuntu – however due to restrictions on distributing these modules in countries like the USA, they are not always easy to find. This post will tell you how to find them to install them on your Ubuntu computer. The libdvdcss2 package helps you play dvds. The w32codecs package is used to play some media file formats in mplayer, xine etc.

Update: The following instructions have been updated & work perfectly fine! Some of the old repositories that do not work anymore have been moved to the very end of this post for archival purposes. Last Updated: April 08, 2007

Installation instructions for libdvdcss2 and w32codecs in Ubuntu

To add libdvdcss2 and win32codecs to your Ubuntu installation, you have to add the Medibuntu package repository to your /etc/apt/sources.list file.

To do this, you have to:
1. Edit the file /etc/apt/sources.list using either of the following commands in a terminal:
$gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list to open it in the GUI text editor
or
$sudo vim /etc/apt/sources.list to open it in the Vim command line text editor

2. Add the following lines to add the Medibuntu repository to the file:

## Medibuntu - Ubuntu 6.10 "edgy eft"
## Please report any bug on https://launchpad.net/products/medibuntu/+bugs
deb http://medibuntu.sos-sts.com/repo/ edgy free non-free
deb-src http://medibuntu.sos-sts.com/repo/ edgy free non-free

If you are running Feisty or some other release, other than edgy, replace the word “edgy” in both lines above with the name of the release you are using.

3. Import the gpg key for the Medibuntu repository to ensure that the packages are installed without warnings/errors regarding trust:
To do this, run the following command from the terminal:
wget -q http://medibuntu.sos-sts.com/repo/medibuntu-key.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -

4. Now update the local list of packages to get the list of packages from the newly added Medibuntu repository:
In a terminal execute the following command:
sudo apt-get update

5. Now you can install libdvdcss2 and w32codecs using the following command:
sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 w32codecs

Note: There are installation instructions on the Medibuntu page for Dapper and newer that are different – only because the instructions help you create a new sources.list file without mucking around in the old sources.list file. Feel free to follow them instead. I posted the old-style instructions that modifies the existing sources.list file to ensure that the instructions work for everyone – those using Warty(the first release ever) through those using the latest release of Ubuntu.

There are a lot of wonderful packages provided by Medibuntu. Feel free to install any other you like, or might want.

Just in case…

In case the medibuntu repositories go down, you can add and use Seveas’ repositories. You will then have to add similar line to the /etc/apt/sources.list file, with the Seveas repository url etc. Seveas’ repository has a few mirrors as listed below:

As a quick guide to using Seveas’ repository instead of the Medibuntu repository, you should change the lines added to the sources.list file to read like:
deb http://mirror.ubuntulinux.nl edgy-seveas all
deb-src http://mirror.ubuntulinux.nl edgy-seveas all

and the gpg-key add command will now be:
wget http://mirror.ubuntulinux.nl/1135D466.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -

The other commands/steps can be modified as neccessary – it is not too difficult to figure it out, and the exercise is left to the reader for now :)


Old instructions

Note: These don’t work anymore – they are here more for archival purposes than anything else.

Update: you can add the PLF repository to your sources.list to get the required multimedia codecs and binaries through apt-get (Synaptic).

The line to add to your /etc/apt/sources.list file would be:
deb http://packages.freecontrib.org/ubuntu/plf/ breezy free non-free

After you have done this, do
$sudo apt-get update

Now you can install the following using the PLF repository:
* w32codecs: A package of codecs needed to play multiple formats, notably DivX. (disponible. Maintainer: MirSPCM)
* RealPlayer: Stream player (disponible. Maintainer: keyes)
* libdvdcss2: The library needed to play back encrypted DVDs.(Disponible. Maintainer: MirSPCM)
* Xdtv: http://xawdecode.fr.st – Tv viewer and recorder, the dependancies, and plugins like plug-m (Maintainer: Stéph)
* Free-Go and FreePlayer: logiciels pour freenautes exclusivement (and Linux compatible FreePlayer mods: Homeplayer, FreeMode)
* autopano-sift: http://freshmeat.net/redir/autopano-sift/47274/url_homepage/autopano-sift – Panorama Image compositor (Disponible dans Marillat, Maintainer: Stéph))
* hugin: http://hugin.sourceforge.net/ – you can assemble a mosiac of photographs into a complete immersive panorama, stitch any series of overlapping pictures and much more.
* Divx4Linux: http://www.divx.com/divx/linux/ – Read and create DivX (Période de test. Maintainer: Stéph)
* Varsha: http://varsha.sourceforge.net/ – make DVD slideshows, videos, and interactive menus.
* dir2ogg: http://badcomputer.org/unix/dir2ogg/ – Converts mp3, m4a, and wav files into ogg-vorbis format
* dvdstyler: http://dvdstyler.sourceforge.net/ – DVD Authoring System
* kmplayer: http://kmplayer.kde.org/ – a working player for KDE
* kplayer: http://kplayer.sourceforge.net/ – a working player for KDE
* K9Copy: http://k9copy.free.fr/ – a small utility which allows the copying of DVDs on Linux.
* XDVDShrink: http://dvdshrink.sourceforge.net/ – allows you to create fair-use archival copies of DVD content on single-layer writable DVDs.
* Sharpmusique: http://www.nanocrew.net/software/sharpmusique/ – iTunes music store frontend, already packaged by the author, for Ubuntu Breezy here: http://www.nanocrew.net/sw/sharpmusique/sharpmusique_1.0-1_i386.deb

For the future, if the repositories above are not available, let me remind myself that I can find libdvdcss2 and w32codecs specially built for Ubuntu at the following locations:
libdvdcss2 : ftp://cipherfunk.org/pub/packages/ubuntu/pool/main/libd/libdvdcss/
w32codecs : ftp://cipherfunk.org/pub/packages/ubuntu/pool/main/w/w32codecs/

These two are required for playing dvds and for playing various kinds of media files, such as .avi .wmv etc in Ubuntu, and these packages are hard to find for Ubuntu. The Debian .debs usually work just fine, but it is good to have the Ubuntu .debs for these.

Disclaimer: In certain countries it may be illegal to use these libraries, since they may circumvent copyright laws, and the infamous DRM laws. Also, by linking to these software, I do not seek to encourage their use. Use at your own discretion. For the record, the site I linked to is not mine, and I have no clue who administers it.

Sad world this, where one has to risk violating the law to watch movies on DVDs that one has bought with one’s own money!

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1. havoc - December 4, 2005

Saddly, you’re not even risking violating the law, you (technically) are violating the law when you watch legally purchased DVDs (if encrypted) on your Linux machine.

It’s frustrating.

2. user - December 6, 2005

who cares!

We can’t even watch legally bought DVDs and other movies (such as ones embedded in multimedia CDs?DVDs) without these codecs.

3. finite - December 7, 2005

It is absurd that we need to “break the law” to do watch DVDs or play some WMV files, but on a practical level it is really most bothersome that this supposed illegality causes us to have to trust a binary package from an unknown source. Would you give the owner of the website that distributes these files a root shell on your system? You’re trusting him/her not to take one when you install these packages. The ubuntu project should really have an official outside-the-US source for these things, and they should sign the packages with a key that is on the default installed keyring.

And people need to get it through their heads that merely explaining where to get and how to install a piece of software is not illegal, nor is explicitly recommending that people break a stupid law. Lets not make things even more absurd than they really are. (re: “I do not seek to encourage their use” — what kind of nonsense is that?!)

4. Rob - December 7, 2005

I against all these license products, down with it. It agree these codecs have got while them you will find. I as well as all other Internet users search for free-of-charge music, films and to me are not necessary license DVD:-)

5. MD - December 10, 2005

Huh?

6. ubuntonista - December 10, 2005

finite,

I agree with what you say. I really do not encourage people to break the law. If the law is wrong, it should be set right – people shouldn’t just comfortably circumvent the law. That is my personal belief. Sorry if that sounded stupid to you.

7. gg - December 11, 2005

hello!
+1 pour finite je ne suis pas sur d’avoir envie de donner les droits root à n’importe qui ,je cherche aujourd’hui une version fiable pour en effectuer la compilation.

Si libdvdcss2 est necessaire pour lire mes DVD, alors je vais l’installer,
et, par les temps qui courrent , je crois utile de faire provision de codecs…

Voyez donc ce qu’on nous mijote:

http://eucd.info/

http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/12/dossiers/031206.asp

http://eucd.info/index.php?2005/12/10/211-revue-de-liens

a+

8. Scott - December 12, 2005

Another site for Ubuntu specific packages is the Ubuntu archive at the PLF.

http://wiki.ubuntu-fr.org/doc/plf

Add this to your sources list.

deb http://packages.freecontrib.org/ubuntu/plf/ breezy free non-free
deb-src http://packages.freecontrib.org/ubuntu/plf/ breezy free non-free

Among the PLF Ubuntu packages are libdvdcss and w32codecs

As far as the legality issues are concerned I wish someone would explain the following.

Any encrypted DVD has to be decrypted before it’s played. This is done via hardware or software. Is there some licensing authority that one needs to go through (i.e. pay) to get this privilege? Why can a Windows or Mac user view DVDs on their OS and not be breaking any laws?

What makes iMovie, Windows Media Player, WinDVD or PowerDVD legal and any current Linux software illegal?

Again, regardless of how or where one views an encrypted DVD, it has to somehow be decrypted before it can be viewed.

I’m lost here…

9. darrensnospam - December 17, 2005

Watching movies on Linux is not illegal per se. It’s how you accomplish that task that can be illegal.
If you look online, you’ll see that (today at least) an Ubuntu user cannot purchase legal software to play DVDs.
In order for an Ubuntu user to watch DVDs, they have to download the illegal libraries that crack the DVD encryption.
When a Windows or Mac user watches DVDs, they have software that has been paid for to decrypt the DVDs legally.

10. d4ft - December 19, 2005

Actually I think that linspire offers legal DVD playback but not any other. In my opinion Linspire sucks tho’

11. chele - December 19, 2005

Scott said, “Is there some licensing authority that one needs to go through (i.e. pay) to get this privilege? Why can a Windows or Mac user view DVDs on their OS and not be breaking any laws?”

Apple & MS & any other company distributing DVD Player software have bought a license for their users to view DVD’s. That license costs tons & tons of money. http://www.videolan.org/doc/faq/en/index.html#id289877

12. schievano mauro - December 24, 2005
13. Josh - January 3, 2006

How do I install them???

14. not a real person - January 6, 2006

How do you install?!?!? HELP!

15. john - January 7, 2006

It’s stupid to worry about breaking a ‘law’ (rule imposed by people by threats of violence) such as installing a dvd player on Linux when other laws are broken daily, habitually and without thought. What’s more, these other laws are often broken by the legislators themselves.
Which of these offences leaves 1000’s dead every year ?
Well it’s not watching DVDs on Linux..
Traffic laws are ignored by many, let the authorites get their priorities right, instead of protecting cartels profits.

16. TaoS » Ubuntu Blog » libdvdcss2 and w32codecs for Ubuntu - February 15, 2006

[...] Ubuntu Blog » libdvdcss2 and w32codecs for Ubuntu You need codecs (decoders) and software to read the contents of DVDs to be able to see multimedia files of different formats, as well as DVDs. These software are provided free for use in Ubuntu – however due to restrictions on distributing these modules in countries like the USA, they are not always easy to find. This post will tell you how to find them to install them on your Ubuntu computer.Update: you can add the PLF repository to your sources.list to get the required multimedia codecs and binaries through apt-get (Synaptic). [...]

17. ch4rm - February 15, 2006

just watch it with VLC, you don’t need to download the codecs then :D

18. jack - February 15, 2006

Watching DVDs in Ubuntu may be illegal in the USofA; (is it in EU countries?) BUT THERE ARE PLACES WITHOUT DMCA-like legislation. Circumventing CSS is not a crime in a lot of coutries.

19. Flavor 8 » PLF Repositories For Ubuntu - February 15, 2006

[...] Link [...]

20. Nick - February 15, 2006

Hello…

Maybe a stupid question:

What is the difference between libdvdcss and libdvdcss2?

Thanks,
Nick

21. me - February 15, 2006

Are these repos for PPC processors to?? Wil i be able to watch DVD’s on my ubuntu iBook??

22. Watching YOUR DVDs on Ubuntu | Advocrazy - February 15, 2006

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23. B-U-G-G-A dot NET » Blog Archive » Ubuntu Blog » libdvdcss2 and w32codecs for Ubuntu - February 15, 2006

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24. buddee - February 15, 2006

You can just use Automatix, search the Ubuntu forums, makes life a helluva-lot-easier.

25. Adventures in All Things Slick » Ubuntu and Multimedia - February 16, 2006

[...] ubuntu.wordpress.com   [...]

26. Iconoclast » Blog Archive » Software to Watch DVDs and All Multimedia Files on Ubuntu - February 16, 2006

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27. xtra’s blog » links for 2006-02-17 - February 17, 2006

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28. Khaled’s Blog » Blog Archive » Newest Links and Palm’s Linux - February 17, 2006

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29. DarkSource - February 18, 2006

Automatix?
Yea, it installs the crap but it also is not official in anyway.
It is extremely buggy.

30. Oktyabr’s Notepad » Ubuntu DVD and Multimedia softwares - February 20, 2006

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31. not real too... - February 27, 2006

to ‘josh’ and ‘not a real person’ :
sudo dpkg -i libdvdcss2_1.2.9-1plf3_i386.deb

32. Erik’s Crazy Blog » w32codecs - April 26, 2006
33. Smarking - April 28, 2006

Ubuntu Blog » libdvdcss2 and w32codecs for Ubuntu

Someone at Smarking has bookmarked your post.

34. OilDeryk.com · Ubuntu and Multimedia - May 30, 2006

[...] This link was on digg about Multimedia Apps for ubuntu but really it applies to all GNU/Linux OS distros. The blog post lists several applications and what they are used for, it’s an interesting read for anybody having to go through the pain of getting multimedia stuff to work on Linux. Here’e the link to the original blog. ubuntu.wordpress.com [...]

35. Brian Lawrence - June 4, 2006

Dual boot with Windoze, then you can have the best (?) of both worlds.
(XP and Fedora Core)

36. oilderyk.com · Ubuntu and Multimedia - June 20, 2006

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37. Stephen - June 24, 2006

well its all greek to me i just made the switch from windows to linux and i dont know how to do a bloody thing a little help would be nice trying to play avi and dvds over the network from a windows machine just dont have the plugins sutibunuirikinsu@hotmail.com is my msn help would be nice…

38. Linux Unix » Software to Watch DVDs and All Multimedia Files on Ubuntu - August 31, 2006

[...] Shows where to get the “restricted” libdvdcss2, win32 codecs and other binaries required to complete you Ubuntu multimedia experience. Includes links to the .deb pacakges in case the repositories are down just when you need it.read more | digg story [...]

39. chris - September 28, 2006

If your using dapper drake, just put

deb http://packages.freecontrib.org/ubuntu/plf/ dapper free non-free

in your sources list. It works fine as of September 28th 2006.

40. softkool - October 5, 2006

I am willing to buy a program that contais this codecs for Ubuntu (linux), the question is do they even make it?

I have another question lets say you bought a legit Windows XP with licence key and eveything (LEGAL) literaly do you own the rights to use the codecs? This is just a though!

41. Gene Venable - October 26, 2006

Has anyone ever been convicted for playing legal dvds in Linux? Can’t one argue that a law that hasn’t been enforced can’t be said to be a law, like a tree falling alone in the wilderness doesn’t make a sound?

I got a distro from Italy that played encrypted dvds right off the bat. Some countries have different interpretations of the law…

42. Reproducir DVD original en Ubuntu « Un bloc de notas - October 28, 2006

[...] He encontrado esta otra dirección http://ubuntu.wordpress.com/2005/12/04/libdvdcss2-and-w32codecs-for-ubuntu/ que también lo explica. [...]

43. Sav - November 5, 2006

A note on this if you own a legal copy of windos you already have a licence to use the codecs

44. peanut butter - November 6, 2006

1 person that i know of has been arrested for playing dvds in linux, hes the person who cracked CSS along with 2 other people from europe.

45. DRH - November 13, 2006

AFAIK, libdvdcss (the part that “cracks” the CSS encryption on DVD’s) is completely legal – that is part of the fallout from the failed legal action against DVD John over DeCSS.

The fact that the “win32codecs” package contains some files that are designed for use with Windows doesn’t make it illegal. There may be some draconian license on the individual codecs in the package, but those aren’t likely to ever be enforced (not are they likely legal, in reality).

The case against DVD John died because he produced DeCSS for the sole purpose of *lawful* use of DVD’s on supported hardware running an OS that had no software to do so. The case was a claim that he was “faiclitating the piracy of copyrighted material” by doing clean-room reverse engineering of the CSS encoding system and producing an implementation that wasn’t approved by the DVD consortium.

libdvdcss might allow for some unscrupulous type to copy DVD’s, but they are more likely to have a copy of the windows program DVD-XCopy (or one of its relatives).

Anyway, you *cannot* be arrested for using *any* copyrighted media you have purchased in a legal manner – ie. It’s illegal to arrest someone for watching a DVD, regardless of the software it uses. DeCSS itself, IIRC, actually violated the patents on the CSS system and is one of the reasons you’ll have a hard time finding it anywhere in a complete state

46. Kruger - November 27, 2006

This tut, is a bit outdated, and is now only good as a political debate. However I agree with DRH above.

47. ukemike - January 2, 2007

I have the codecs installed on my ubuntu machine, and unfortunately I find them to be very unreliable. Some DVDs, such as my son’s favorite, Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, regularly lockup while playing and I get a message like “you may be trying to play an encrypted DVD with out libdvdcss…”

48. New Linux User » w32codecs and mplayerplug-in - January 22, 2007

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49. DJ Bigbro - January 25, 2007

I can’t get this working, is it taken out due to legal issues ?

deb http://packages.freecontrib.org/ubuntu/plf/ dapper free non-free

in your sources list. It works fine as of September 28th 2006.

50. Phil - January 29, 2007

Bugger. Anybody know of alternate sources?

51. John Lewis - February 5, 2007
52. Das WepLock » Blog Archive » links for 2007-02-13 - February 13, 2007

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53. Gatorfan - March 4, 2007

If you want to watch movies on Ubuntu (regardless of version), just go to http://www.videolan.org and get the VLC Player. The site will explain what needs to be done to install it on your system for Linux. Also, (God forbid) you use Winduhhs, this player will work on it and the Mac OS. It is a very good player.

I have recently switched over to Ubuntu, but even when using Winduhhs, this was the only player I used. It is extremely reliable, and provides better playback than most other Winduhhs DVD players. It is not quite as good as Media Center in the VLC’s default settings, but if you tweak the settings slightly, you get a comparable picture there also. (I think that the Media Center provides the best picture of any DVD player I have seen.) I have Winduhhs still on my desktop, but use Ubuntu 6.10 on my laptop.

54. sashank - March 8, 2007

What the hell it is we can play the movie or clip downloaded from the sites on windows media player without any difficulty and to play the same on ubuntu we have to do all this stuff .

Is not there a easy way like installing a particular player just with a click of a mouse. otherwise why people will stick with linux instead of windows.

U can mail me on sashankabijeet@rediffmail.com

55. TB - March 14, 2007

You wonder why everything is illegal? America: Freedom to Fascism : http://www.freedomtofascism.com

56. andyakadum - March 15, 2007

Bollocks to this.

Bollocks to software liscensing.

Bollocks to paying for software if you have already bought the hardware and bollock to proprieory bollocks.

If apple is getting harased for not making their fairplay codec compatible with competitors products, how come the creators of the DVD format are not?

Its total bollocks.

Its not fair and I am not going to obey this Bollocks!

Because its just bollocks.

57. carthik - April 8, 2007

I have updated the post now, and the new instructions work perfectly fine.

Politics aside – a lot of people need these packages. :)

Thanks for all your comments, folks!

58. shkit - April 12, 2007

install Power DVD in windows, you dont need to put any f ******* code, just dubble click in setup, next, next, close, play, fun!

59. carthik - April 12, 2007

shkit,

If you are talking about this powerdvd, then it is not free. Which would make people who use it either wasteful with their money(hey, I see DVDs for free), or thieves(if they use a “cracked” version).

So long!

60. Andy - April 16, 2007

I installed libdvdcss and gxine and totem-xine, and neither work for playing an encrypted dvd. Any suggestions?

61. rob - April 21, 2007

Great Blog. My problem is solved. At least I can watch my Matrix DVD now. Installing libdvdcss2 and w32codecs worked perfect for me, after installing totem-xine.

Cheers!

62. Everlinux’s Blog » Blog Archive » Codecs para Ubuntu - April 26, 2007

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63. links for 2007-04-29 « zSAPping - April 28, 2007

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64. Za - May 12, 2007

Hello
Thank you for your tut
I found it very simple an d helpful
Please tell me if the following is a concern tho:
i have added the key
then edited the sourceslist file with the relevent lines of code for my ubuntu version
then I run the get update command and it does lots of stuff and then gives me this message:
Reading package lists… Done
W: GPG error: http://free.linux.hp.com dapper-seveas Release: The following signatures couldn’t be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 49A120FD1135D466
W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems
My approach has been to ignore it and try to install the codecs and libdvd files anyway.
Help please

65. carthik - May 12, 2007

Za, Check if the key is the right key – the one for dapper-seveas and not edgy-seveas as in my article.

It is a simple matter of changing the command to have the right url and then adding the key.

Hope this helps.

66. Electricic - May 16, 2007

Great post ! I am looking for it for a longtime . Now my problem solved after installing it.
thanks!

67. Brian - May 30, 2007

i have installed both libdvdcss2 and w32codecs and dvd’s will not fully work. Kaffeine can play the audio to the dvd but no video. VLC is unable to open any part of the DVD. What could I do to fix this?

Thanks!

68. an ubuntuuser - May 31, 2007

Just wanted to say Thank you Carthik for your nice description :)

69. john - June 1, 2007

Anyone know where the w32codecs package went?

All I get is E: Package w32codecs has no installation candidate

from the repositories. All of them. the ones on this post the ones on the ubuntu forums, even the packman repositories.

70. Zviko - June 16, 2007

hi im Zviko. I have installed th ubuntu 6.06 but its softwares need some plugins in-order to read information from CDs/DVDs. the codec packages will do me the trick but for my case it is harder because im still finding it hard to connect to the internet with ubuntu. What am I supposed to do this is a workload!

71. Ken in Fla - June 16, 2007

I am so sick of US corporate greed. I see it every day in my “service sector” job. These people will screw anybody to make a buck. I hope Linux puts Microsoft out of business. Screw Bill Gates (eww ) he is a megalomaniac.
Whatever happened to laws in the US that were supposed to prevent monopolies. Our system is so corrupt it is disgusting. I’m ashamed to be an American!

72. Matt Scholz - June 17, 2007

I’m new to linux and tried to follow the instructions above to install the right packages so I could watch a dvd using totem. I was unable to get the w32codecs as well, so I tried using the seveas repository (I changed ‘edgy’ to ‘feisty’. I guess it worked cause i got the following:

HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 200 OK
Length: 755 [text/plain]

100%[====================================>] 755 –.–K/s

16:52:52 (31.31 MB/s) – `-‘ saved [755/755]

but alas, I am still unable to play my DVD. Any insights are warmly welcomed.

73. usernr-1337 - June 27, 2007

this will be stupid and maybe wrong, but the easyest way to get codecs is to install VLC player (if i remember correctly than you will be able to watch movies through vlc only but its worth it if you dont want to mess)

74. Loye Young - June 27, 2007

US law permits installing libdvdcss2 and w32codecs to enable playing your legally-obtained DVDs and other multimedia on your computer. If someone questions this, cite 17 U.S.C. Sec. 1201(f).

The binaries to crack the encryption are NOT illegal if you have a license to the content. (i.e., if you have a legit DVD, you have license to watch it.) After all, the content must be decrypted in order to make the content usable.

You can read more details on the Ubuntu FreeFormats page here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/FreeFormats. I wrote the legal stuff.

You can read even more in this Wikipedia article, much of which I wrote:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WIPO_Copyright_and_Performances_and_Phonograms_Treaties_Implementation_Act

And oh, by the way, I am a lawyer. I left law a few years ago and now I own a computer company. But I’m not YOUR lawyer, so if you have any doubts or concerns you should hire a lawyer to represent you.

75. Sohbet Odalarý Canlý - July 8, 2007

Will we see updates sometime :-)

Thank you
Sohbet Odalarý Canlý

76. Da Rock - August 18, 2007

I have a minor hiccup with playing certain DVD’s now. I have been using Ubuntu for a short while, played DVD’s etc, I installed the codecs for CSS, CSS2, Win32codecs to work with xine and mplayer.
The first problem I encountered was with just one DVD that I wanted to play- it didn’t recognize it at all. A test on a Windows box worked fine, so I put it aside in the too hard basket while I accomplished other tasks. Unfortunately it hasn’t been the only one. I’ve found other anomalies with other dvd’s, like not recognizing that there are chapters to the movie and so only playing single vob files on their own. Or not finding the movie at all- just the extra features.
If I have the codecs installed does this mean there are some new preventative measures being used now? Or am I missing something here?

77. CD Baric - August 19, 2007

Everything worked as stated.

I changed the named from edgy to feisty and added repos as described.

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wget -q http://medibuntu.sos-sts.com/repo/medibuntu-key.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add –

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I never really tried you method yet, I once had a problem on playing DVD on my Ubuntu, then I came a cross a tutorial on http://www.geektips.net/102/play-dvd-on-linux-ubuntu.html that was quite useful.

87. tuxalot - February 26, 2008

go here:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Medibuntu

much easier, and er…it worked.

88. Dave’s Tech Blog » Blog Archive » Six things to do after you install Ubuntu - March 4, 2008

[...] DVD’s (the kind you buy from the store).  If you encounter such problems with DVD playback, this guide will show you how to install the libdvdcss2 package.  Also, you may have heard a rumor that installing this package is illegal.  If someone tells you [...]

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Just go to VLC’s site, they have the deb packages to download on their server. Install VLC then install libdvdcss2_1.2.9-1_i386.deb

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[...] Here is a excellent tutorial show you about libdvdcss2 and w32codecs for Ubuntu: You need codecs (decoders) and software to read the contents of DVDs to be able to see multimedia files of different formats, as well as DVDs. These software are provided free for use in Ubuntu – however due to restrictions on distributing these modules in countries like the USA, they are not always easy to find. This post will tell you how to find them to install them on your Ubuntu computer. The libdvdcss2 package helps you play dvds. The w32codecs package is used to play some media file formats in mplayer, xine etc. [...]

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