Old 22-03-2008   #1
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How could I erase the content from a copyright protected DVD-RW?

Hi, I have an unusual question: How would I be able to delete the contents of a DVD movie that's copyright protected?

Let me explain the situation more in detail. My friend's birthday is this upcoming Monday, and I planned a surprise present for him. I went out and bought a copy of No Country for Old Men, because I know he wants to see it, but what I plan to do is to completely erase the movie content on the DVD and then replace it with something else. In order for the joke to work, however, I have to have the original disc, because a blank disc inside the case would immediately set off warning alarms and ruin the whole thing.

My problem is that when I try and format the DVD in my laptop (operating in windows vista) I get an error message telling me that the DVD is right protected. I downloaded DVD Shrink in order to try and get around that, but it seems to me that DVD Shrink is only intended to copy DVD content, not alter the original disc. I don't have Roxio or any other burning software, so would that be able to erase the original DVD content? Any help is appreciated, even if you just tell me that what i'm trying to do isn't possible.
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Old 22-03-2008   #2
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Re: How could I erase the content from a copyright protected DVD-RW?

I hate to say it, but erasing an original pressed (keyword right there) movie disc is impossible.

The media we use in our burners are a completely different kettle of fish.

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Re: How could I erase the content from a copyright protected DVD-RW?

What you're trying to do is impossible. Commercial DVDs are stamped, not burned. Perhaps you could scan the label and print it on a blank.
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Re: How could I erase the content from a copyright protected DVD-RW?

The original dvd is made differently than blank media. Blank media has a dye layer, while commercially made dvds have a metal layer that is stamped. The original disk cannot be erased.

What you could do, if you have the equipment, is make a copy of the dvd face with a high quality scanner, then print this onto the face of an inkjet printable blank dvd. Put whatever you want as actual content. Might not fool him for long looking at it though.

Looks like cdcovers.cc has it if you want to download the image: http://www.cdcovers.cc/view/348387/c...for-old-men-r1

But this assumes you have access to a inkjet printer that can print cds and dvds. And you'll want dvd media that says it is hub printable---the picture goes all the way to the hole and doesn't leave a blank area.
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Re: How could I erase the content from a copyright protected DVD-RW?

Well, I'm a bit disappointed but I guess I'll try and stamp a blank disc instead. Thanks for your help everyone.
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Well, I'm a bit disappointed but I guess I'll try and stamp a blank disc instead. Thanks for your help everyone.
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Re: How could I erase the content from a copyright protected DVD-RW?

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I have to have the original disc,

That would be a clever gag,if you had the correct equipment and went another route.

Here's what I'd do:

1) Get some quality full hub inkjet printable media-like Ty watershields.

2) Burn some homo movie like Broke Back mountain onto that blank watershield disc. Better yet,a really good gag would be Broke Crack Mountain-the rather adult risque version of brokeback mountain.

3)Download the correct covers for No Country for old men. Both disc and Case covers-using glossy photo paper for the case cover.

4) Print the gag cover onto the watershield and run it through my epson R-300 disc printer. Print off the case cover.

5) Get a 14 mm black vinyl case,just like the originals.

After I get done using that setup,my backups look better than the originals-both disc and case. You couldn't tell on the disc until you turned it upside down to reveal the dye.

Expecting to watch No country for old men and getting Brokeback Mountrain would be priceless, LOL!!
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Re: How could I erase the content from a copyright protected DVD-RW?

I've often thought about doing something like that myself

I attribute it to me having to much free time
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Re: How could I erase the content from a copyright protected DVD-RW?

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That would be a clever gag,if you had the correct equipment and went another route.

Here's what I'd do:

1) Get some quality full hub inkjet printable media-like Ty watershields.

2) Burn some homo movie like Broke Back mountain onto that blank watershield disc. Better yet,a really good gag would be Broke Crack Mountain-the rather adult risque version of brokeback mountain.
Thanks for the disc advice, I'll definetly get one of those, but I went one step further. I got the No Country for Old Men DVD and my plan is to steam the glue off and remove the case from the plastic before i switch it and then just re-glue the plastic covering. As for content, I decided on a normal heterosexual porno, so at least he'll feel like he actually got a gift...after he watches it with his family.
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