The copying of DVD’s was hammered with two death blows delivered by two different courts. One court ruled that:
RealDVD software violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 that prohibits the circumvention of encryption technology. DVDs are encrypted with what is known as the Content Scramble System, and DVD players must secure a license to play discs. RealDVD, she ruled, circumvents technology designed to prevent copying.
In another court decision it was ruled that a hardware recording device called Kaleidescape was also illegal:
The DVD Copy Control Association, which brought the case on behalf of the motion picture studios, said the decision means that Kaleidescape cannot produce DVD-copying machines
But it gets better folks:
But the decision, although mixed, left open the door that copying DVD’s for personal use “may well be” lawful under the fair use doctrine of the Copyright Act, although trafficking in such goods was illegal.
So there you have it. It may be OK to copy DVD’s for personal use, as long as you don’t use any software or hardware to do the copying with!