Ripping DVDs using DVDDecrypter and others

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modernmaid

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I was recently reading a thread about problems people were having ripping DVDs using DVD Decrypter and the like. A moderator closed the thread saying that the subject was about stealing movies (commiting illegal acts) and that forum rules do not allow this.

It is NOT Illegal to rip a DVD that you have purchased and own, and make copies for your own personal use. The courts have made the decision that purchasing the DVD is purchasing the license to make copies of your property for your own use — to make backups so the kids don't destroy the original, to make copies in varying formats for playback on different machines, etc.

Many other things are illegal — e.g. borrowing someone else's DVD and ripping it to make a copy for yourself, ripping a DVD that you own and then distributing copies (giving or selling), and more; but making copies of a DVD you purchased and own for your own personal use IS LEGAL, so using ripping software is not, in and of itself, committing an illegal act.
 
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The Digital Millennium Act has made it clearly illegal to attempt to thwart any protection scheme. That makes "ripping" DVD's that are protected illegal. The content of the DVD belongs to the owner and they have the ultimate say on who can use it for what (in keeping with regulations). The only thing you own is the plastic the DVD is made of. The contents are someone else's.
 

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I was recently reading a thread about problems people were having ripping DVDs using DVD Decrypter and the like. A moderator closed the thread saying that the subject was about stealing movies (commiting illegal acts) and that forum rules do not allow this.

It is NOT Illegal to rip a DVD that you have purchased and own, and make copies for your own personal use. The courts have made the decision that purchasing the DVD is purchasing the license to make copies of your property for your own use — to make backups so the kids don't destroy the original, to make copies in varying formats for playback on different machines, etc.

Many other things are illegal — e.g. borrowing someone else's DVD and ripping it to make a copy for yourself, ripping a DVD that you own and then distributing copies (giving or selling), and more; but making copies of a DVD you purchased and own for your own personal use IS LEGAL, so using ripping software is not, in and of itself, committing an illegal act.
No one will actually come to your house and check your DVDs, unless they have a really good reason to do so. You're responsible for any chances you're willing to take. However, TSG does not allow discussion on how to break copy protection.
 
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