Thursday May 17, 2007

No, you may not display your child's ultrasound DVD here!

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My family and I recently returned from a wedding in the Caribbean. I could fill this blog with photos and pages of descriptions of steep green hills, dark starry nights, intense blue skies, green waters, awesome coral life in knee-deep water just offshore, friendly people and good food. My only disappointment in the entire trip is barely worth mentioning but I will mention it here because it indicates that consumers may not have the right to view content which they own and create.

During a rare moment when we weren't involved in wedding, sailing, swimming or snorkeling activities, we decided to show a DVD of an ultrasound to some close relatives who were nurses and who were also at the wedding. The G.E. 3D/4D ultrasound scan our Irish midwife used isn't yet available many parts of the world and usually isn't covered under U.S. health insurance. The ultrasound was recorded onto what appeared to be an ordinary commercial home DVD recorder and played well on our DVD player in Ireland and my parent's DVD player in the U.S. So I was surprised, mystified and slightly irritated when I popped the homespun DVD of our next child into the Sony DVD player in our hotel only to see a "Media is not playable in this region" error message appear on the screen...[Read More]

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