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#1 Thor81

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 07:25 PM

Hello, does anybody have any information on the legality of backing up DVD movies to my computer? My child keeps scratching up his dvd's and its getting quite costly. I would like to just back them up and stream them, I will be turning this PC into a windows home server and plan on using it to push my content. Thank you

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 08:12 PM

Under fair-use doctrine in U.S. copyright law, it is legal to make copies, of media that you've purchased, for personal use, BUT the DMCA says it's illegal to break the CSS copy-protection used by most commercial DVD movies.
So basically, it's legal, and illegal, if that makes any sense. :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 08:41 PM

Well, it seems there are some conflicting laws regarding this issue. I'm not a lawyer but it seems since I'm not pirating anything here I should at least be able to make a personal copy under the fair use act. I should only have to purchase a DVD once, so I really have no moral issues with making a backup.

I'll figure out myself what I need to accomplish this. Thanks for the help

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 08:59 PM

You're welcome, Thor81.
Sorry couldn't be of more help.
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