Confused About DVD Copying? This Should Add To The Confusion

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!

Comments welcome.

Source – Kaleidescape

Source – RealDVD

Copying Your Personal CDs & DVDs – OK To Do It Or Not OK?

It has happened to all of us at one time or another. That expensive CD or DVD game, movie, or whatever suffers a major scratch or ding which makes it unplayable. Yet we consumers are prohibited by either software design or licensing constraints from making a copy of our precious media. In theory if a CD or DVD is damaged we are just SOL. Seem fair?

So what is a person supposed to do? Violate copy protections and make a backup copy of the disk for their own personal use only? Or just buy a new disk if one gets damaged? This is where copy right laws and intellectual property rights and rights of the consumer seem to conflict. On the one hand it is understandable why companies don’t want us to duplicate disks. Their fear is that we will l pass on or sell copies of the disks to others.

But what about those of us who just wish to protect our investment and have legally purchased our software or music legally. Do we not have the right to make a copy in case the original is damaged?

I’m not condoning pirating nor downloading anything illegal. What I am condoning is our right to protect our investment. Our right to protect our CD’s or DVD’s in case of damage. Even minor scratches can sometimes make a disk unusable.

In this day and age of super technology, it would seem that someone, somewhere can make a copy protection scheme in which at least one copy can be made of any given disk. Or how about this. Why not include an original and backup copy of the disk to the original purchaser? Sure some people will cheat and pass the disk on. But the majority [over 51%] will obey copyright law and respect the intellectual rights of others.

I don’t know about you. But I am getting tired of being punished for the mistakes of others.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

[tags]dvd, cd, copying[/tags]

Microsoft Windows Vista – Slow Copying From Server On A Network – Fix

For those of you who are using Microsoft Windows Vista on a network, you may have noticed a slow down or a non-response message when copying a file. Microsoft has issued a fix for ALL versions of Vista that should correct the problem.

Microsoft describes the problem as:

“On a Windows Vista-based computer, when you try to copy files from a server on a network, the copy process may stop responding (hang), and you may receive a message that resembles the following:

“Calculating Time Remaining

0 minutes remaining”


And their description of the hotfix as follows:


“A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft. However, it is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next Windows Vista service pack that contains this hotfix.”


Please note what Microsoft states. If you are not experiencing this problem, do not apply the fix. As with any fix, there is always the possibility that something else could be affected. :-)


Microsoft hotfix site for 931770
[tags]vista, microsoft, hotfix, copying, network, [/tags]