Revised: Ripping DVDs for Media Center

It seems that the legality of my original article was in question, so I've decided to play it safe and replace it with this text. Although I thought the issues of fair use and the court cases surrounding 321 Studios DVD copying software had been resolved, one look at their web site indicates that this isn't the case (read this Wired article for more detail). After a little searching, even Kaleidescape, a product I mentioned in my original post that has been around for quite some time, has had recent legal troubles. I certainly hope that—like CDs—we can someday enjoy legal copies of our licensed material for use with products like Media Center.

Comments (9)
  1. Jeff says:

    Excellent writeup, thanks Michael! I will follow these instructions and try it myself tonight. I hadn’t heard of cladDVD before your article.

  2. Steve says:

    I ended up building out a 1TB RAID server in my closet that I’m holding all my DVD’s on. I fire them up on MCE with My Movies, and it’s been working like a champ.

  3. rcme says:

    Doohh! That was a real nice article. I guess I should have printed it out when I had the chance…

    Now I have to try and remember the important points 🙂 Hmmm… maybe Google got a cache of it before you deleted…

  4. says:

    can you please email the MCE DVD Ripper article?

    I never saw the original article.

    I want to know more about it.



  5. Sorry, Josh. I’ve removed the article and don’t plan to make it available again.

  6. Adron says:

    I too had hope to read your original article "MCE DVD Ripper". There’s an issue that may need resolved concerning MS updates not wanted – I wonder if you had spoke on this?

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