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Re: What's the best way to backup to dvd?

On Fri, 2007-03-02 at 16:02 +0100, Joe Hart wrote:

> The libraries here have all sorts of media, including both games for the
> computer and audio CD's.  But then again the copyright rules are
> different here than in the US :) That's why I can legally install
> libdvdcss2 and people in the US cannot.

Libraries here do too, but I'm confused about what you're saying about
DeCSS.  It's not illegal to use it in the U.S., it is illegal to
distribute it.  In other words, I can use libdvdcss2 to watch an
encrypted DVD I have, but I can't put the executable or the code on a
website, server, etc., and let others download it.  It was my
understanding that since the EU copyright directives that took effect a
few years ago, the same is true in E.U. nations.

See, for example:

"In U.S., it is illegal (according to New York's Appeals Court and
Federal Court -- not by Supreme Court yet) to distribute DeCSS code or
executables that allow circumventing DVD copy-protection known as CSS. 

In EU it will be illegal from 22nd of December."

(Note that the above was posted in 2002.)


"Teledirekt suggested that it should be possible to make a back up copy
for consumers of DVDs and that their programme DVD X copy would enable
this. The judge ruled though that the programme can be considered as a
circumvention device and distribution of those devices is not allowed on
the grounds of 29a of the Dutch Copyright Act."

(from a 2005 article)

> Not that the law stops most of the people.

Well you're right about that!  :-)    The law has certainly not stopped
me from doing quite a bit that's illegal here.

Michael M. ++ Portland, OR ++ USA
"No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions
of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to
dream." --S. Jackson

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