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.
Answer by kevin · Aug 13, 2011 at 05:39 PM
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.
Answer by Xiro · Aug 14, 2011 at 01:42 AM
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.
Answer by iAmAnonymous · Aug 18, 2011 at 06:58 PM
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.
Answer by coolsecretspy · Aug 14, 2011 at 09:07 AM
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 :)
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