Illegal to even discuss in some countries e.g. Germany
In the US they have this silly law. So it can be discussed, but NOT on this board as part of the TOU.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
I use Handbrake. Just upgraded to 3.0 that allows for automatic conversion to h.264. Fairly simple program that lets you rip the entire disk, just the main movie, etc....All clean, multi-platform, nothing fancy, open-source. Works perfectly for me, every single time. And it's well architected. Among other things, all the GUI does is build a command line to eventually call the CLI version of HandBrake.