Eric Eskam wrote:
But while it’s apparently illegal under the DMCA for a company to sell software facilitating the copying of a DVD by bypassing its encryption, Patel didn’t go so far as to say copying a DVD for personal use was illegal. Patel stated the dilemma thusly:
“[W]hile it may well be fair use for an individual consumer to store a backup copy of a personally owned DVD on that individual’s computer, a federal law has nonetheless made it illegal to manufacture or traffic in a device or tool that permits a consumer to make such copies.”
So backing up DVD's is still allowed under fair use - that has NEVER changed. But due to the wonderful digital millennium copyright act (DMCA), it's illegal to make a to make or distribute tools to do so. Our wonderful congress at work protecting us!
Excellent point, and the ONLY post I've read in this thread that is 100% true.
It IS NOT illegal to have or use "ripping software" per se, for personal copies of media you have paid for.
It IS illegal for anyone to sell or otherwise distribute said software, or to use it for distributing unauthroized copies of said media.
In spite of the MPAA's best efforts and the DMCA, there is still a plethora of "ripping" software out there, and it continues to be distributed (with or without being paid for) at ever increasing rate.
I was chastized in another thread for posting "And the MPAA still wonders why people continue to 'bootleg' movies."
People are nowhere near as dumb as the MPAA thinks we are.
When someone makes $140 million dollars off of a movie at the box office and then sells the five disc Blu-Ray pack a few months later for $49-$69, and they fully expect that people WON'T rip the movie so they can watch it on their laptop, iPad, or iPod without paying another $20 for an "official" digital copy... because it "takes money out of people's hands who deserve it"... that defies logic. I have yet to see a story ANYWHERE about all the starving people in the movie industry. Many of them were able to attend several $10,000 to $25,000 a plate political fundraisers last year. Paupers don't live like that.
the question at hand (not the legallity of putting your purchased DVDs into digital format as that is 100% legal) is whether Apple will allow a similar conversion of the extra features of the DVD to be placed into digital format as they do with purchased movies .. obviously going forward you can purchase movies in iTunes and get the full features but for others why would someone want to purchase the movie twice (once on DVD and once in iTunes) .. the extras within iTunes would be a very nice feature if we could convert to them
i would love to see this happen for my DVD collection .. hopefully Apple will push out a conversion software
reeeeally late feedback sorry,
I have a DVD i made in film class years ago using a mix of first gen imovie and some films with final cut pro but burned all my works with a menu using iDVD onto two DVDS and back then I was a college student and didn't have enough for hard drive back ups of the original films and raw files of the movies. The 2 DVD's are the only record of my portfolio and hours and hours of work in some cases I don't have access anymore to my source material. I'd like to RIP copies of it for distribution to my friends and to post on a youtube type site but if its illegal to create a program and distribute a program that allows me to recover my own work, separate it back into individuals movies, and intellectually its mine inside and out, then the law seems to only have thought of the lobby and not the individual movie maker. I will find a way but in my searching to find a way I came across this thread and did not see any comments that mentioned as legit of a reason for the counter of the law as mine.