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Say you have purchased a perfectly legal copy of a movie on DVD. Is it legal to then rip that DVD to your computer for personal use (e.g. watching on an iPod or home media system)? I know this is legal for CDs but what about DVDs?

The only reason I am asking is because I want to consolidate my physical DVD collection with my digital movie collection.

asked Aug 13 '11 at 14:48

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edited Aug 13 '11 at 15:14

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This is a grey area. There are times where it is illegal, and times were court ruling was legal. Mostly, if you are backup a copy for home use, it should be fine.

answered Aug 13 '11 at 16:39

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edited Aug 13 '11 at 16:42

That's what I said and why did my answer get deleted? hmm...

(Aug 16 '11 at 04:14) worldtechguru worldtechguru's gravatar image

Probably, it did not go through after hitting the submit button. Site can get really slow at times, and do random things

(Aug 16 '11 at 13:19) kevin ♦♦ kevin's gravatar image

Ripping DVDs are not iligal as long as you use the copied material for personal use only, and not sell the data from the DVD.

answered Aug 13 '11 at 19:51

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Jeff Beyl

Google handbrake and use that software to rip them.

answered Aug 13 '11 at 23:40

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This also depends in which country you are. As I know it, as long as you use it for yourself, it's not illegal.

answered Aug 14 '11 at 00:04

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Sometimes I hear that ripping DVD's is not illegal only bypassing the copy protection was yet one cannot rip a DVD without bypassing the copy protection. Personally this is hardly even a gray area if you just want to have a digital file of a movie you own.

answered Aug 14 '11 at 00:42

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It is illegal to circumvent the copy protection, which you have to do to rip the DVD, thereby making the act of ripping your own, paid-for DVD illegal. Absolutely preposterous, but law none the less.

answered Aug 18 '11 at 17:58

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no, but the software for doing it is illegal.

answered Aug 13 '11 at 15:03

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But what if I use my OSs built in features?

(Aug 13 '11 at 15:04) hansring hansring's gravatar image

That depends entirely on what country you live in.

(Aug 13 '11 at 16:01) AlanStryder AlanStryder's gravatar image

That would mean that iTunes is illegal too, it has a built in feature to rip the songs (digital content just like movies) of a CD/DVD.

(Aug 13 '11 at 16:04) nitrocrime nitrocrime's gravatar image

no ripping your music to your device and the software to rip music is not illegal. as stated only the software for ripping dvd's is illegal.

(Aug 13 '11 at 16:20) ChuckysChild ChuckysChild's gravatar image

what OS you have? I havent seen one yet with built in DVD copying....

answered Aug 13 '11 at 15:10

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Not necessarily "DVD copying" but the files are all there its very easy to get them without software. And I'm using Mac OS 10.6

(Aug 13 '11 at 15:15) hansring hansring's gravatar image

Most linux distros have multiple applications for this right in the repos, and some include a few with the ISO of the distro itself.

(Aug 13 '11 at 16:00) AlanStryder AlanStryder's gravatar image

i have copied films for backup purposes only, and have stored them on my server where i can access a digital copy off-site. this is very useful to me as i live at a different address from that of where the disks are stored, also this means that i don't have to worry about loosing or damaging the disk as i can be quite clumsy at times :)

answered Aug 14 '11 at 08:07

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No. It is NOT illegal to make backups, copies, etc... of DVDs. UNLESS! You sell a copy of the DVD.

answered Aug 14 '11 at 10:40

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