Can I legally copy my DVDs to use on other devices? - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Money

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Can I legally copy my DVDs to use on other devices?

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Ken Colburn is president of Data Doctors Computer Services and host of the Data Doctors Radio Program, noon Saturdays on KTAR 92.3 FM or at www.datadoctors.com/radio. Readers may send questions to evtrib@datadoctors.com.

Related Stories

Posted: Monday, March 18, 2013 3:49 pm

I am trying to find a way to legally copy DVDs we own to an external hard drive for storage connected to my laptop. When we take long road trips it would be nice to not have to haul all our movies along. — Bill

Editor’s note: This question was answered on March 1, 2013. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Copyright laws are extremely complex and when it comes to encrypted DVDs in particular, it’s so complex that it requires a legal expert to explain what you can or can’t do with the DVD movies that you purchase.

So I went to my go-to legal resource on technology issues, Maria Crimi Speth, a partner at Jaburg & Wilk who focuses on intellectual property and Internet law to get some clarity on this common question.

According to Speth “It is a violation of Copyright law, specifically the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), to circumvent the encryption of a DVD (or any technology). There are exceptions, but they do not include “space shifting.”

The Library of Congress defines “space shifting” as the copying of complete works to permit personal use on alternative devices. So, when you purchased your DVD, it was intended to be viewed on a DVD player and fair use laws do not extend that viewing to your other non-DVD devices.

The exceptions that allow for circumvention of the copy protection are short portions (never the entire movie) for criticism or comment in non-commercial videos, documentary films, non-fiction multimedia ebooks offering film analysis or for educational purposes in film studies.

The other exception allows for the purpose of research to create specialized players for people that are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing.

The bottom line is, as soon as you break the copy protection (using a decryption program) so you can copy the movie, you have technically broken the law.

Many websites will claim that you are free to make copies of your commercial DVDs and include links to decryption programs, but you will technically be breaking the law if you choose to do so.

There is a legal solution that may help you with at least a portion of your movie collection, if you want to extend what you own to include “space shifting.”

Wal-Mart’s Vudu online video service has a feature called Disc to Digital (http://goo.gl/Hj6Ye) that will allow you to store your DVD collection on their cloud service. You can then watch them on any device with a web browser (tablets, laptops, smartphones, etc.) as well as many smart HDTVs, blue-ray players, gaming consoles and streaming media devices such as the Roku Box.

The rub for most people is that you have to take your DVDs to a Wal-Mart store so they can validate the movies for your account and it costs $2 per movie, unless you want to upgrade a standard resolution movie to HDX, which will cost you $5 each.

Wal-Mart doesn’t actually do any conversions, it simply verifies that the movie is in their catalog, is an original, and that it hasn’t been used for this purpose before (they will stamp the inside ring of your discs).

When they are finished with the process, they give you your movies back, so you could sell them to recoup the conversion charges.

It may seem like you are paying twice for the same movie, but what you are really paying for is an extension of the copyright to your other devices (the ability to “space shift”).

Not all of your movies will necessarily be in their catalog, so you may want to do a search on the Vudu website before you haul your collection to the store.

• Ken Colburn is president of Data Doctors Computer Services and host of the Data Doctors Radio Program, noon Saturdays on KTAR 92.3 FM or at www.datadoctors.com/radio. Readers may send questions to evtrib@datadoctors.com.

More about

More about

  • Discuss

Paul Babeu Slams GOP Primary Rival Wendy Rogers

Stephen Lemons A A If there's one single quality that former U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Wendy Rogers has in spades, it's moxie. One of …

Published: July 28, 2016 - 9:57 am @ http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/paul-babeu-sla…

67 Congress Members Tell Feds: Measure the Movement of People, Not Cars

The federal government hands states about $40 billion a year for transportation, money they can basically spend however they want. The result …

Published: July 28, 2016 - 9:57 am @ http://www.streetsblog.net/2016/07/28/67-congress-…

LGBT Advocates Urge District Court Not to Let States Game the System

Five leading national civil and LGBT rights organizations late yesterday filed an amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief in the multi-state lawsui…

Published: July 28, 2016 - 9:27 am @ http://www.lambdalegal.org/blog/20160728_lgbt-advo…

The Grass Isn’t Always Greener

This is HR’s go-to advice for employees who put in their two-week notice, especially if that employee is heading to a competitor: “Just rememb…

Published: July 28, 2016 - 9:01 am @ http://timsackett.com/2016/07/28/the-grass-isnt-al…

Influence at the DNC: More than 60 superdelegates are registered lobbyists

Lobbyists wield enormous influence and, depending on your point of view, can bring positive or negative changes to our government. From reptil…

Published: July 28, 2016 - 8:56 am @ http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/07/28/infl…

BAM! POW! Native Artists to Hold First Indigenous Comic Con

What began as a small convening of Native American artists at the 2011 Phoenix Comicon has grown into the already sold-out, first-ever Indigen…

Published: July 28, 2016 - 8:55 am @ http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/BAM-POW-Nati…

Ottawa hires temps to staff Phoenix call centres as pay problems could last until October

Temp-agency workers hired by the federal government to help staff a Phoenix call centre handling inquiries from the 80,000 public servants hav…

Published: July 28, 2016 - 8:57 am @ http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/phoenix-temp-agenc…

Scott Prior for AZ Senate, Legislative District 16

Find out why Loading... The interactive transcript could not be loaded. Loading... Loading... Rating is available when the video has been rent…

Published: July 28, 2016 - 8:31 am @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=2…

IVs and Oxygen Tanks: Next-Gen Hotel Wellness Trends

Hotels are racing to help you unwind. At least, that’s what you’d be led to believe if you’ve been following the flurry of wellness news that …

Published: July 28, 2016 - 7:54 am @ http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-28/…

The Next President Will Likely Appoint 4 Supreme Court Justices: Which President Do You Want Picking Them?

This election is all about the Supreme Court that will shape our lives for the next 30 years. Many progressives disagree with Hillary Clinton …

Published: July 28, 2016 - 7:56 am @ http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/next-preside…

Facebook

ahwatukee.com on Facebook

Twitter

ahwatukee.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px

Most Popular

Online poll

Loading…