[mythtv-users] DVD Rip and Recent DVDs

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Tue Mar 13 00:34:01 UTC 2007

On Mar 12, 2007, at 5:55 PM, D wrote:

> IANyetAL but IAALawStudent.  This is not legal advice.
> Under any reasonable fair use analysis under title 29 and the
> controlling cases such as Campbell, there is little doubt that backing
> up your own DVDs would constitute fair use.  Arguments can be made but
> are irrelevant, however, as others have mentioned, the Copyright
> Cartels lobbied Congress to enact the DMCA which overrides and
> restricts a persons ability to exercise fair use on their own DVD.
> Until this is repealed, circumventing the copyright controls is
> against the law.

Quite correct, but it;s even worse than that.

Exceptions are granted to the DMCA, and an attempt was made to obtain  
such an exception for the purposes of backing up legally-purchased  
DVDs. This was turned down just this past year.

So it is not a "slipup" or "omission" in the law, this is actually  
what they intended to happen.

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