I am a newby to this DVD technology. I am seriously interested in buying an External DVD Burner and a Software that lets me literally copy any DVD. I live in a very remote area and the only means of entertainment is movies. I need to go several miles to rent a DVD and it is not feasible to make the trip everyday. Could you please suggest which DVD software will let me copy the DVD before I return the rented DVD. Do I need to buy a dual layer burner and dual layer blank DVDs. Which software will let me overcome the copyright protection. Any pros/cons of an External burner. I have a laptop and it is easier to hookup thru the USB if the burner is external. Thanks.