Remember when the Prime Minister of the UK, our closest ally, gave President Obama a pen holder made from an anti-slavery ship that was the sister of the ship that the President's desk is made from? And in return President Obama gave Gordon Brown a stack of DVDs? Well it turns out that the crappy DVDs we gave to our closest ally can't even be played in Europe thanks to their copyright encryption.

Now it turns out Brown can't play the discs because of region-specific limitations, The Daily Telegraph reports.

DVD players are coded to limit themselves to material meant for specific geographic areas. The United States and Canada are Region 1. Western and Central Europe are Region 2.

Is it too much to ask that we have one humiliation-free day from our new President?

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