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Is backing up DVD legal?

Discussion in 'Other video questions' started by crazylazy, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. crazylazy

    crazylazy Member

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    This may be a very geeky qun, but i wanted to know if backing up of DVD movies (your own) with no commercial interest legal? basically i would like to upload them to my harddrive and access it across my house.

    i have heard ppl copy stuff borrowed from netflix and blockbuster which may be illegal. but what about the self owned ones..

    thanks

    CL
     
  2. Yankee11

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    It is piracy and illegal to be downloading movies off the web. I'm not a lawyer or anything, but all I heard from someone I know is that using it for personal use could go both ways.

    Correct me if I'm wrong.
     
  3. varnull

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    It depends a little where you live..

    Under that stupid DMCA thing it is now illegal to attempt to bypass any copy protection or encryption designed to stop you changing a format or making a copy (in any way, on to any media) of the content.
    Apparently when you buy a film or whatever it never really belongs to you.. you have just paid for a license to watch it on "approved" equipment.

    Now if it's illegal to break the encryption, or copy protection and it's also illegal to download it.. I know which one is free and they don't take my money and make me a criminal..... so guess what

    stuff the MPAA mafia!!

    (actually they need to make some films worth watching first, cos this years offerings have been poor)
     
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  4. LOCOENG

    LOCOENG Moderator Staff Member

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    If you live in the states fair-use and DMCA contradict each other. Fair Use states that you can create a backup of your legally purchased items, but DMCA says that the tools required to do that are illegal as well as the circumvention of any copy protection. It's definately a Catch-22 and it, of course, depends on where you live as the laws regarding backups are different everywhere you go as stated by varnull.
     
  5. Abhi262

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    as far as i know, its ok to backup your own dvd's so long as you don't start distributing them (at a cost or free).

    also, as soon as you lose posession of the dvd, you have to delete the backups
     
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  6. LOCOENG

    LOCOENG Moderator Staff Member

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    Abhi262, if you live in the U.S. you have it totally wrong...have a read.

    http://www.burningbits.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=

    FYI Australia, Canada and England have similar laws regarding Fair Use and your rights as a consumer to make copies of your purchased movies.
     
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    The judge in the 321 case said fair use does not give you the right to an exact digital copy.
     
  8. olyteddy

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    Catch 22...Remove CSS and you no longer have an exact copy...
     

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