It appears that power users who “root” (take administrative control over) their Android devices will not have access to Google’s newly launched movie rental service. The restriction has to do with “requirements related to copyright protection,” according to this Android Market support article. Users with rooted devices will instead see an error message dubbed “error 49” when they attempt to play a movie on a rooted device.

Do we blame Google for this — are they breaking the “open” code of ethics — or is this a case of the need to cede to the movie industry’s wishes, or else dprive all Android users of streaming movie rentals?