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Category: Digital Video

11. Can I copy commercial DVDs?

Not really. There are legal, size, cost, time, and ethical problems that make it impractical.
LEGAL: Most commercial DVDs are encrypted with copy protection. You may not legally break this code. Under "fair use" you may be able to make a copy of a DVD that has no encryption under certain circumstances.
SIZE: Most commercial DVDs are larger than 7gb in size. Blank DVD media is about half that size, 4.7 gb. Blank CD media is about one tenth that size.
COST: Most DVDs sell for $15 to $30. The current cost of 7 gb of storage is about $10 to $20 plus the price of the burner.
TIME: It currently takes about an hour to rip a commercial DVD. It takes hours to divide or change the format of that information. It takes hours to burn and verify a new disc.
ETHICS: "Fair use" is a concept that allows the owner of copyright material to make a copy for the owner's use. This more or less established concept is at odds with the recent strict prohibition against breaking any copy protection. This contradiction is sure to be the subject of court battles for years to come. In the meantime, people will tend to have strong opinions in this ambiguous area.
If you do not care if it is legal, don't care how much it costs, do not have a better use for your time, and don't mind hearing a lot of "moral" criticism from others, you should go to the link below.


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