Yes, the Macrovision stuff was a late addon to VCR's hardware; so your lucky if you still "tape" DVDs. My last "old" VCR broke about a year or two ago. :sad: I think I had the one your talking about. I don't remember the exact year, but it did copy DVDs.
Some VCR "stabilizers" will also remove Macrovision.
A burner, proper software and a stand alone DVD +-RW player is a whole lot faster. I know you have a PC.