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So here is the legal question I thought I would toss out there.....

Should you be allowed to copy the DVDs that you ALREADY own? I guess its a real gray area. If you purchased it can you make a backup copy with out it being against the law? See in my opinion if your making it as a backup, not to distribute or to load out but as a back up then it should be fine. Currently there is a court case going on about this:

DVD Copying Case Focuses on "Fair Use"

The MPAA said there was no fair use defense to copying personal CDs. The MPAA presented that argument as it demanded a federal judge to continue barring sales of a DVD copying software that RealNetworks briefly put on the market last year. The MPAA also said RealDVD was based on the work of Ukrainian hackers.

Leo Cunningham, RealNetworks' attorney, said "our product will enhance" the value of DVDs, because it allows their owners to make backup copies that he said were protected under the "fair use doctrine" of copyright law.

"RealNetworks is a company that respects copyrights," he added.

The studios allege RealDVD circumvents technology designed to block copying. And under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, there's no such thing as fair use.

In my opinion if you buy it you should be allowed to make a back up of it just in case. What do you think?

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Re: Copying DVD's

i agree. if you're going to make a copy for your own personal use, not to sell/redistribute, what's the big deal? you bought the dang dvd, didn't ya?? ugh. these rules and regulations with all their grey areas which never serve the regular everyday joe...it's ridiculous.

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Re: Copying DVD's
This is so ridiculous, how far can one take this? Why would it be such big deal? Some DVD's are now sold with digital copies (which in most cases you're only allowed to install on one device) that you can place on your iPod, PSP, MP4, or other video playback capable device. If you can transfer these digital copies to your device, why can't you simply make a backup DVD for yourself. Does it count as redistributing if you give it to yourself?
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Re: Copying DVD's

great point P_O!

I think it's one thing if you download the dvd from an illegal site or something, not paying anything, and then even worse if you make a profit and sell copies of it. and i've never bought one of those copies from anyone ever.... Whistling

However, honestly, if someone PAYS for the movie, then makes a copy FOR THEMSELVES where's the harm? there are no ulterior/mischevious motives there...no intent to sell it. If i had dvd burning software i'd use it...many-a-time Kiddo's Dvd's will stop working from watching them so much, or get broken accidentally, scratched, etc. they're expensive dvd's! i'd love to have backup copies!

disclaimer--Just my opinion--i don't know much about the copy acts or fair use, etc.

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Re: Copying DVD's
GeekGirl wrote:

However, honestly, if someone PAYS for the movie, then makes a copy FOR THEMSELVES where's the harm? there are no ulterior/mischevious motives there...no intent to sell it. If i had dvd burning software i'd use it...many-a-time Kiddo's Dvd's will stop working from watching them so much, or get broken accidentally, scratched, etc. they're expensive dvd's! i'd love to have backup copies!

I agree 100% I'm a firm believer in backing my things up incase my original is damaged. For items that are not protected I love Roxio Creator

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Re: Copying DVD's

The reality is that vry few people get the DVD copy software to make legal copies. I wold go as far as to say 80% of the time DVD copy software are used for illegal copies

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