Is it legal to rip a DVD that I own?

By iphonefans2009 ยท 4 replies
Nov 4, 2009
  1. Below are what people say.

    1.I backup my DVDs. I used my hard-earned money to purchase it, so I see no reason why I shouldn't be allowed to make a backup copy of it.

    2.By the spirit of the law (IMO) you can strip off the copy protection and make a "not unreasonable" number of copies for personal use. That means (for example) you could copy a DVD to play in your car's DVD player so the kids don't scratch up the original, and copy it to your iPod so you can watch it on the train, but you can't give, sell, or otherwise distribute the copies to anyone.

    3.Technically speaking, it is illegal to rip DVDs (even if you own them). In order to rip a commercial DVD, you must circumvent any copy protection that is set in place. This is the illegal part of the ripping process. I wouldn't worry though as it is a dumb law and the FBI, MPAA, or anyone else isn't going to knock down your door for DVD ripping.

    4.I'd say you are safe to back them up, so long as you do not try to share or distribute them in any manner. No judge in their right mind would charge you with copyright infringement if you owned the originals and were only using the backups for personal use.

  2. Nostradamus

    Nostradamus TS Rookie Posts: 18

    I'm pretty sure it could be interpreted as technically illegal to make any sort of digital copy of any copyrighted media. Loopholes used to allow making backup copies, but it seems like the trend it to close those holes. I think part of the legality is in how you use the ripped information.

    This is from Wikipedia:

  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Yes for own personal backup reasons only (ie your number 4 above)
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    What is the point of this thread?

    If you wanted discussion on it, you should have posted it in meeting spot. But your post isn't even your words (but at least you cited it).
  5. sockmuncher

    sockmuncher TS Rookie

    its sad that people are so afraid of the law man, even in their own home...

    you must have a huge HD.
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