is it legal to copy a DVD to my harddrive?

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  1. OneTonGoldfish

    OneTonGoldfish Active Member

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    i own the DVDs but dont want to carry them with me on trips. can i load them to my hard drive?

    also, how do I do this? do I need a certain software?
     
  2. mutantpotato666

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    u can use the program magic dvd ripper... the first 5 times u run the program its free, but after that it costs like 20 bucks to download the permanent version... if u wanna keep it free just never close out of the thing or download all of ur dvds at once
     
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    It is legal...

    ...though I don't use a DVD ripper for hard drive use. I only burn copies.
     
  4. Stilgar1973

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    It is illegal to do anything that defeats copy protection.
    Copying a DVD, by its very nature, defeats copy protection.
     
  5. OneTonGoldfish

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    i just dl dvd43....its taking a while though
     
  6. 7960

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    only if it's copy protected.

    these days I'm finding more and more are NOT protected. the studios have to pay something like 90 cents/CD to get it protected, so to save some money they're sometimes choosing to not protected them.






    so the answer "It is illegal to do anything that defeats copy protection" is right.
     
  7. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    just copy and paste the VIDEO_TS folder from the dvd and then open that vob files in something like vlc/media player classic

    messy, but legal
     
  8. gui3

    gui3 all the dude ever wanted was his rug back

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    I have been looking into the law surrounding this issue...

    on one hand, you could say that doing anything to defeat copy protection violates the DMCA.

    on the other hand, lots of people, including at least one federal judge, feel that copying something you own is fair use. for example, check this out: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2007/03/dvd-consortium-loses-court-case-over-dvd-copying.ars

    essentially a big media server that rips your DVDs to its internal hard drive. the court could have said "ripping DVDs is clearly a violation of the DMCA" but it didn't - it held that there was no violation.

    if it IS a violation of the law, the people coding the software you use will be the targets, not you, especially not if you own the DVDs. you would be in trouble, for example, if you ripped them and distributed them on a torrent site.
     
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    no, not "you could say." it does.

    that decision is about licensing, not DMCA.

    fair use was already decided. DMCA trumps it *IF* the dvd is encrypted.
     
  10. i think if you own them it's supposed to be okay. but bear in mind, they can try to say you shared them or put them on ur pc to do illegal things with them.

    also bear in mind that the fbi isnt looking for ppl ripping dvd's to their hard drive really. they are looking for ppl who rip off movies and sahre them, like the guy who ripped off the new wolverriene movie lol
     
  11. dissonance

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    It may be illegal but as long as you aren't sharing the video files online you won't get caught... I suggest the SlySoft suite of software...

    I saw that wolveriene movie, its just a work print though.. kinda funny that it leaked and the special effects aren't done yet.
     
  12. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    Move to Canada, completely legal here! :wiggle: If someone lends me (or I rent) a movie and rip it, it's legal as I made the copy myself for personal use, under our fair use laws. However, if someone does it for me, it's illegal.
     
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    holy shit please read the thread.

    if they're encrypted then no, it's not ok even if you own them.
     
  14. mutantpotato666

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    Some encryptions don't activate until after the first watch of the movie... technically if u were to rip it before the encryption gets activated, it might possibly be considered legal since at that point the dvd has no encryption... but as long as u don't do anything to get yourself noticed that u were downloading your own dvds, u should be fine
     
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    I'd love to hear how a DVD is encrypted by a DVD player.

    Please, do tell.
     
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    ok i may have worded that rather odd... while lookin at dvd rippers and some of the troubleshooting problems people were havin... a couple of sites said that it would be best to rip the DVD when it was new and unwatched and i dont remember the exact reasoning but wut i got out of it was sumthin like the dvd activates that encryption unpon playing... either that or i cud have been a little out of it and have no idea wut the fuck im talkin about... it happens sometimes considering i do most things at like 3am and tend to mix up my facts A LOT
     
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