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Dirko
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Can I make a dvd copy of my card magic tapes now that I have a dvd recorder. Is this lega? I am only making a copy for me.
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If you have the dvd already, why are you making a copy for you? And no it is not legal.
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Dirko: I sincerely hope - for your sake - you are simply wondering about this, and are not genuinely worried that you may be breaking the law...Smile
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On 2005-04-03 16:44, GKurtz wrote:
If you have the dvd already, why are you making a copy for you? and no it is not legal



If you read the post properly, he is just transferring it from tape to dvd.
I'm no expert, but surely if you are transferring one of your own video tapes, on to what is a more compact medium, and it is purely for your own consumption, I really can't see the problem.
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You are correct I am going from tape to dvd. I am not worrying I was just wondering what other people thought about this.
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Last time I looked legitimate back up copies are perfectly legal, sounds like a good idea, if a few years time VCRs will be rare and dvd back ups will be a god send
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Actually, the copyright law states that you cannot copy it period, not for your own use or any thing else.
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I have heard many people say that they buy a dvd to replace their tape. I thought why not just copy my own. But yes I am only doing this for MY USE!!!! With today's technology you can even make your own menu. Very convienant and a great way to ensure that my tapes will stay with me as technology changes.
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On 2005-04-03 16:56, jstone wrote:
Actually, the copyright law states that you cannot copy it period, not for your own use or any thing else.



Perhaps U.S. copyright laws differ from the U.K. ones. Anyone out there know?
Dirko
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See this is why I asked. I thought some might think this was illegal.
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If you're doing it for yourself, then who cares!

I'd have said of course you can as long as you're not selling or giving it on to anyone else, but if they say that's not true then I don't know. But I really don't think you should care if it's just for your own use.

Just go ahead and do it! Smile
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Sorry I mis-read the post, though it is still illegal, though I'm saying you should do it, if you were going to do it, you shouldn't have asked if you can do something which is illegal, you should have just done it, but it's not right to.
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It's only a crime if you get caught.

And it costs money to prosecute.
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Yeah it seems US copyright law doesn't make provision for back ups, but European law does.
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Dirk, no this is not legal. The copyright statements at the begining of the videos very simply state you can NOT make ANY copies for WHATEVER reason. I know it's somewhat lame in that it prevents you from making a backup (legally) and believe me... I have a ton of VHS tapes bought 10 to 15 years ago and paid STUPID amounts of money for them. (We're talking when VHS tapes of Tannen's Stars of Magic series cost upwards of a hundred bucks a piece)

But the bottom line is simply this- the Magic police aren't coming to your house looking for you if you don't say anything about ... er what were we talking about?!? I can't remember?

~Craig
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When they were advertising a dvd recorder on the home shopping channel they were also advertising a box called godvd that allows the user to get around copyright protection. Some dvd recorders will not allow you to record a copyrighted product. With godvd you can record ANY copyrighted product. Now the guy on the home shopping channel said "This is a great way to make back up copies for yourself!. Make sure you only make them for the videoes that you have purchased!. I know that the godvd box is legal because I saw them at BESTBUY! The clerk told me that these were made available around Xmas time then they were told to pull them from the shelves and they just got the Aok to start selling them again. So if this box is legal then how can making a backup copy be illegal? Again I am not worring I was just wondering what all of you thought and new anbout this topic. Thanks for all your help!
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I, for one, shall be reporting you.

Which tape was it please?
Craig Ousterling
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Guten tag... if you say it more sarcastically it'll be funnier.
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I agree Ghost!
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On the other side of this... I've been told it's easier to rip a DVD than to digitize the contents of a video tape. Also that most videos get hosted as avi files if they are any good. It really comes down to YOUR OWN CHOICES.
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