A friend gave me a copy of The Tunnel, a German movie with English subtitles. He was just going to throw it away, but knew I play around with videos of various kinds and thought I might be able to do something with it. The reason he was going to toss it is because the disk is physically damaged. There is a small section (approx 2-3mm) where the bottom of the disk is cracked (for lack of a better description). Not possible to repair or rub it out, this crack is deep.
I’ve tried playing it in various drives and my standalone player. It will not get past the bad section.
I’ve tried ripping it with Decrypter. Everything can be ripped except the 5th VOB, which is more than 15% of the movie. That’s a big gap. I even set Decrypter to ignore read errors and dropped the retry setting to 0 just to see if it could get past the bad sectors. 8 hrs later it was still not getting anywhere.
So, is it ethical (notice I didn’t say legal since the laws of different countries vary so much in this area), is it ethical to copy a movie that you legally own off of a different physical disk? Assuming you could somehow procure one without actually having to buy it. My first impulse is to say it is not, that you would have to buy another disk if you have somehow damaged your first one. What say you?