Backup your Copy Protected DVDs

by Tom Mullaly on July 18, 2006

I’ve written before that I’m a big fan of backing up my purchased DVD’s. I have a young son who loves to be independent and handle his own DVD’s. This sometimes results in scratched and even cracked DVD media. Those darn movies are expensive so I really hate to lose one!

My solution is to back up the DVD’s and let him ‘do whatever he likes’ to them (although we are working on best handling practices). Recently however, my favorite backup program, DVD Shrink lost it’s ability to properly backup newer DVD’s due to new copy protection techniques. This was a bummer as I had to let Owen handle the original and expensive DVD’s that we purchase for him.

A new solution that I found is in the form of a freeware utility that helps you backup your copy protected DVD’s. RipIt4Me works like a charm and I am now once again ‘breaking the law’ and backing up my DVD’s.

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Brajeshwar

I am in a similar situation, my niece have her movie titles along side the play-things-sing-along kinda titles and most of them are now scratch. I have been seriously thinking of training one of our family member to do a regular back-up all DVD titles.

mga

have you tried dvdxcopy platinum? seems to do all you need and only one program to install. it even compresses your backup if the dvd is larger than your burning capacity.

Christopher Wigginton

I’ve been wanting to try D_Skin’s which are snap-on clear protectors.

talor

I always do backup dvd.

venkatesh

Iam also in the same situation like you. My SON is killing dvd’s like any thing. I can’t stop him. please help me in this regard.

thanks
venkatesh

tom tom

D-Skins are trash. They really don’t protect from scratching a whole lot, and they typically have to be removed before a disc will work in most dvd players. They’re not worth the $5 you’ll spend on them. A better bet would be to get a pack of dvd cases instead.

Angel Amador

I am not in the business of duplicating anything and I even pay for freeware but the audacity of these people in the movie publishing world has made me very angry and will start breaking the law with impunity. But the reality is that the ability to create copies of the media you’ve purchased for personal use is a long-accepted facet of the fair-use doctrine in U.S. copyright law (at least, it used to be).

What’s illegal however, according to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) states that it’s illegal to break the CSS copy-protection mechanism employed by most commercial DVD movies. This is direct contradiction with U.S. copyright law but still
the DMCA seems to indicate that you cannot make a copy of a commercial DVD, even for personal use, and you certainly cannot give a copied DVD to anyone or watch copied DVD files on your computer.

I believe, like others do, that fair use will eventually catch up and be established as a safety valve for consumers (which has been the pattern with previous technologies, such as VHS), but for now, the territory is still uncertain. So now I join the ranks of the outlaws.

Tara

I have the same problem but with a 3 yr old. I am totally new to this and never even thought of it until I realized I’ve bought 6 copies of 3 of my DVD’s. I downloaded DVDXpress and am totally clueless as to how to use it. I tried the help and am even more confused. Is there someone that could give me detailed instructions to use this thing. Is there a Dummy manual to this??

Anonymous

the best program for copying protected dvds is dvd shrnk it’s also free!

anon

Using Rip it in conjunction with dvd shrink and dvd decrypter (all freeware) does an excelent but slow job of backing up any dvd prior to now. I just got rush hour 3 and I havent found how to break the new copyright. If anyone knows how or a program please let me know.

Ash

Thanks. I have the same problem.

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