It's OK; if you follow the DVD specific lists, then you know how
to change the region code on most avaiable hardware. If your
hardware doesn't support this, well, shame on you...
Terry.. The region code is a particular encryption of the data on the
disk. The various wirehead tricks for hacking players are irrelavent to a
software DVD decoder. You need the right encryption keys from the spec
document to get the data and to get the spec you need to sign an NDA and
hand over $5000 to Toshiba.
That's why I said "on most hardware".
You can buy hacked hardware, with warranties (search Altavista
for "+dvd +region +code").
For Archie's ChemBook, which is what started the discussion,
there is hardware assist; I presume there isn't any FreeBSD
drivers for the thing though; it's be too much to ask to have
someone in Germany spend $120 on V Communication's Inc.'s "Sourcer"