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What is the lock and how do I get rid of it?

by GamerchickRaven / May 7, 2010 3:03 PM PDT

I recently ripped a few DVDs to view the files on a portable player. The files appear fine, and play great on the Win7 machine... though half of them have a small lock on the bottom left of their icon.
I burned them as a data DVD to get them onto the XP computer that has the SD reader that I actually needed them on for the portable player. I checked them first and WMP wouldn't play them properly. Yes, it's a roundabout way to get things done, but it allowed me to find this glitch(?) so I can ask what it is and why the files would not play properly on an XP machine.
(I even asked a friend to try the DVD on his machine and it wouldn't load the files at all, as if a codec was missing)

Long story short (too late)
I have files displaying a small lock in the corner. What does it mean and how can I remove it?

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Sounds like you may have protected media
by Steven Haninger / May 7, 2010 7:45 PM PDT

and have run up against a DRM issue with copyrighted media. Can you provide any more information about the DVDs you ripped? Some are protected.

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That's the strange thing
by GamerchickRaven / May 8, 2010 11:59 AM PDT

The discs were all part of the same boxed set (the TV series, The Seeker). I ripped the episodes as separate files since I wasn't sure if my portable could really handle the menus and such. Episodes 1-12 are showing the locks, 13-22 are not.
Oh, and while I was trying to run it all through my head again, I don't remember seeing the locks until *after* I burned them to the DVDs. I don't remember changing any settings on the burning process, but is there something that would link the files to the computer that burned them like an unfinished DVD that would do this? And if so, how do I remove that "link" from the original files, since it's only on half of them.

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