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Q: DVD Decrypting and Copying ( No Answer,   5 Comments )
Subject: DVD Decrypting and Copying
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: sal930-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 28 Oct 2006 15:36 PDT
Expires: 27 Nov 2006 14:36 PST
Question ID: 777884
I currently use DVD Backup for Mac OS X to copy (and decrypt) my DVD
movies to my hard drive, and most times it works great.  However,
there are some movies that just don't work.

Can you recommend another program (preferably shareware (free)) that
always works? (For OS X only)

There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: DVD Decrypting and Copying
From: canadianhelper-ga on 28 Oct 2006 19:10 PDT
You may have trouble getting a researcher to answer this for 2 reasons.
2. Fear of an answer being interpreted as supporting the breaking of
DMCA (assuming you are in the States.)

Personally I would recommend asking your question at
Subject: Re: DVD Decrypting and Copying
From: hipower2-ga on 29 Oct 2006 19:17 PST
try DVD Shrink at this web site,
Subject: Re: DVD Decrypting and Copying
From: sal930-ga on 30 Oct 2006 19:55 PST
Thanks all.

It is completely legal to copy DVDs to your hard drive for personal use.

I thought DVD Shrink was for the purpose of making the size of the DVD
file smaller?  I'm looking to just decrypt/copy it to my hard drive.
Subject: Re: DVD Decrypting and Copying
From: canadianhelper-ga on 30 Oct 2006 21:40 PST
sal930...I'm in Canada so my understanding of US law is wanting but I
thought the fair use laws hadn't caught up to the DMCA.  My
understanding was that the Archival allowances made for computer
software does not extend to other digital media (even though it all 1s
and 0s!)

Quote from CNET: The ability to create copies of the media you've
purchased for personal use is a long-accepted facet of the fair-use
doctrine in U.S. copyright law (at least, it used to be). However, the
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) states that it's illegal to
break the CSS copy-protection mechanism employed by most commercial
DVD movies. What does that mean? Most fair-use advocates say that the
policy directly contradicts U.S. copyright law, but the DMCA seems to
indicate that you cannot make a copy of a commercial DVD, even for
personal use, and you certainly cannot give a copied DVD to anyone or
watch copied DVD files on your computer. We assume that fair use will
eventually catch up and be established as a safety valve for consumers
(which has been the pattern with previous technologies, such as VHS),
but for now, the territory is still uncertain and a bit dangerous.

Anyway...Since I am in Canada and CAN make archival video copies and
YOU are taking responsibility for what you do with the info.....

Again nothing works 100 percent but I have never had a problem using
DVDFAB (free version)

Please review it at videohelp first.
Subject: Re: DVD Decrypting and Copying
From: canadianhelper-ga on 30 Oct 2006 21:41 PST
Sal...just remembered that your on a MAC...sorry!

Again...I'd read over the stuff at there is an OSX section.

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