Originally posted by 01010110
[B]If it is law that music CDs can be copied for backup why is it not ok to backup your DVDs on a dvd-r? I guess my question is why is copy protection legal? Now dont get me wrong I think that the author should have rights when it comes to not having their stuff illegaly copied, but lets face it DVD get scratched easy, and I dont want to have to go out and buy something again that I bought once already.
I just today got my DVR-104 and love it but dont realy understand why I cant save my favirote DVD before it gets more scratched up. I know I can rip it all to my drive and burn that but I dont fully understand how to do that yet.
I know im repeating myself but I dont understand why I cant just do a DVD to DVD-R copy and all be good. [/B]
Your point is very pertinent, I’m glad I’m not alone to think in those terms. If we are truly prevented for exercising our right to protect our investment by making a backup copy then all h3ll will break loose, so in the end it just won’t happen. Laws that are made form the top down without regard to the deeper implications invariably fail and usually don’t stand a chance in our democracies and only appear to do so for some time in societies governed by what outsiders perceive as being totalitarian.
For a very long time now intellectual property has been protected and any unauthorized copying has been prohibited. This follows moral common sense. But to prevent copying by copy protection mechanism or regulation cannot stand as it goes against the very principle of fair use.
When you buy a book, a record, a game you do not buy a stack of paper and cardboard, a tape of metal oxide or a disc of plastic. You buy essentially pay for the right to use and enjoy its contents, not the material support. This especially true of CDs which are mere material slivers compared to books or tapes. (CDs cost pennies to manufacture).
Now if the material support is damaged in such a way as to make the contents impossible to use and enjoy, then that right is effectively taken away which in effect constitutes a breach license. You would therefore be in your right to demand another copy of the support at actual cost.
Because this would be an administrative nightmare I donâ€™t see how this could happen. Therefore I surmise that any regulation or mechanism that will have a direct effect of preventing fair use will never work, no matter what short-sighted expertsâ€™ and eruditesâ€™ decree.