Backing up your media for personal use…

Backing up your media for personal use...

So, I built a single server to host all of my media (CDs, Videos, Recorded TV, Pictures, and DVDs), and then I thought, with all the hoopla surrounding "ripping" DVDs these days, I'd better check.

I mean, it's not that I want to make copies for other people, but I have 3 kids that like to regularly put their grubby little paws all over the DVD surface. I refuse to buy another copy of Shrek (you should see the first one - gross!). All I want to do is take my DVDs (in particular, the kids DVDs), and rip them to the hard disk of the storage server so that they can be played on demand, and I can store my originals away safely.

So I talked to a legal representative here in Canada, and asked the question. I mean, hey, I work in the software business and we also have considerable media assets, so I wanted to make sure I wasn't biting the hand that feeds me, so to speak.

Anyways, the deal is, that under Canadian copywrite laws is a provision to allow the consumer to make a backup for personal use only. This includes CDs  but not necessarily DVDs. I got two different messages on this, but even with the negative message (ie: don't do DVDs), it's sort of a common sense equation. I don't know more about the details of bypassing the copy-protection, and my understanding is that it does not outweigh the consumer benefit of being able to back up content.

Is this good?

And the way it should be?

Comments (6)
  1. DWalker says:

    "Copywrite laws"? Are those similar to the US Copyright laws?

    Some people use "Copywrite" to mean various things, but it’s not always consistently defined. You probably meant Copyright.

    You should be able to back up your DVDs for your personal use; otherwise, the fingerprints and grape jelly will eventually make the DVDs unplayable. The copy protection is there to attempt to thwart large-scale reproduction. What you do is, of course, up to you!

  2. Andy Maggs says:

    Common sense should prevail. Don’t be a sheep and blindly follow the letter of the law but look instead to it’s spirit and see that making your backup copy for your personal use is depriving no one of any income that rightfully belongs to them. If anyone has the resources to sue you for breach of the letter of the law then they surely have too much money and it is a shame that they can think of nothing more worthwhile to spend it on and make a real difference in the world. By the way I am not a lawyer, so don’t sue me for bad advice 🙂

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