I'm relatively new to the whole consumer side of the DVD thing. I used to work in video production, and the place that I worked at had a DVD authoring machine which burned DVDs in realtime from video. I never really was too interested in how it worked. If you wanted to copy a DVD - any DVD, regardless of copy protection - you just popped it into the computer, hit "duplicate", and put in a blank when it asked for it. So, here's my question. There are lots of great guides on this site, but I'm looking for a bit more... 1) Is the DVD disc or drive which records a 6.xx Gb DVD (movie on DVD) any different from common consumer recorders and discs? IF yes, how so, and how does a person buy one? I know they have duplicating towers. 2) There's all this copy protection stuff. Well, I never buy that, because I'm a programmer. I have a DVD with a series of billions of 1s and 0s on it. What the hell is preventing me from copying that entire disc, as a bit scream, onto my hard drive? And then, back onto another disc? Thanks!