[mythtv-users] DVD Rip and Recent DVDs

Justin Moore justin at cs.duke.edu
Mon Mar 12 22:11:03 UTC 2007

>> Disclaim: IANALBIDTACLC (but I did take a copyright law course).
>> Under U.S. law, the idea that you can legally download an .iso of a DVD
>> you own is a myth, unless the .iso is coming from a studio-authorized
>> channel (I am not aware that any of these exist).  If some third-party
>> is making an iso available without permission from the studios, they are
>> illegally distributing copyrighted works.  Just because it might seem
>> "fair" to some people, it doesn't make it legal.  And just because you
>> may be able to create digital copies of audio recordings doesn't mean
>> that the same exemptions exist for videos (the exemption comes from the
>> Audio Home Recording Act of 1992, also known as the law that killed the
>> DAT format).
>> This is not legal advise, consult a lawyer, these views are my own and
>> do not represent those of my employer, spouse, cats, etc, etc.
> Regardless of your status of IANALBIDTACLC, I would say that 
> downloading is NOT a good idea because as we have seen with the RIAA 
> and music downloaders that they shoot first and ask questions later. 
> Not that the RIAA would do this, I think its the MPAA...

I'm not sure where you thought I said that downloading was a good idea. 
Unless you're downloading from a place that is authorized by the studios 
to provide video services -- e.g., iTunes, Amazon, MovieLink, etc -- 
it's illegal.  I think we're agreeing, you just misread my post. :)


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