Originally Posted by Electcon
Second question, is it still illegal to rip DVDs? If they are encrypted, isn't it illegal to break encryption because of the DMCA? Or has that changed?
These programs you guys mentioned will take care of everything for me in that respect?
In relation to your initial question, the 'easiest' way to get a film is to buy it off iTunes, following that is illegal downloading which I'm sure you will want to steer clear of and then following that ripping your DVD's.
As far as I know,
Under current UK law, it is not legal to make copies of anything under copyright without the copyright owner's permission. This includes DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, photos, books and any other copyrighted material.
It is illegal to make any form of backup of something under copyright without permission. This includes:
Ripping to your computer.
Creating a backup disc or spare copy
Copying onto an MP3 player.
I wouldn't be able to lend a hand on US legislation.
However, the UK as well as some other European countries are planning a policy which permits purchasers of content to make backups of their media for personal use, such as ripping a cd, putting dvd's on your iPad etc. Let's hope the USA and similar countries follow suit if such plans aren't already in place.
Hope this helps somewhat.