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how can there be retail software that copies movies?

Discussion in 'Apple Mac' started by cgm707, Nov 6, 2011.

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  1. cgm707

    cgm707 Thread Starter

    Aug 5, 2000
    I would like to copy portions of DVD movies that I own, to create a custom DVD. Before I spend money on a product that says it can do this, I am just wondering how they do this is the movies are supposed to be copyrighted or copy proof??
  2. cwwozniak

    cwwozniak Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Nov 28, 2005
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    The copyright laws in some countries allow the purchaser of a copyrighted work to make a backup copy for their own personal use. The sale and use of such software is legal in those countries. The problem is that the makers of the software don't have any qualms about selling the software to anyone anywhere.
  3. Headrush


    Feb 9, 2005
    Like cwwozniak mentioned, some countries allow you to make backups for personal use and hence removing the CSS protection is legal.

    In other countries they think that you have purchased the disc, not the content and copying or changing to a different format/storage medium is a new unauthorized product and hence you are profiting by taking sales from them.
    (I don't like it either)

    Even in countries that allow backup, remember that "taking portions" from movies isn't the same as making a backup and still might be illegal or a copyright infringement.

    HAving said that, I don't think you have to worry about anyone coming to your door, but it's important to realize that these limitations might exist. Of course if you are distributing your backups or modified movies to other it will pretty much be a copyright violation everywhere.
  4. Noyb

    Noyb Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    May 25, 2005
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    If the copyright police had any control ..
    You wouldn’t be able to buy a car because you “Might” use it to rob a Music/Video Store.

    As far as I can find ..
    The “homestyle” exemption to the US copyright law hasn’t been updated since the invention of the computer.
    I’m wondering if the Copyright Police have lobbyists ??
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