Is handbrake legal?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by dukebound85, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    Well is it, withing the US? Or does the DMCA define what is "legal"?
     
  2. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    The program isn't illegal. What you copy and circumvent can be illegal. It's the act methinks. The act of circumventing encryption of a DVD you do not own the copyright of.
     
  3. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    My use: Backing up commercial dvd's that I own

    illegal or legal
     
  4. nick1516 macrumors 6502a

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    In my opinion, if you own the dvd, you have the right to make a backup.
     
  5. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    That's my opinion too

    However, how does yours and my opinion hold up in the light of the law?
     
  6. nick1516 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not an expert or anything, but I think that under the "Fair Use" policy, you can make copies of media as long as they are for your personal use, and aren't given away or sold.
     
  7. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030

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    Technically it is illegal to bypass copy protection; but fair use does allow for backups. I don't think you could get busted for copyright violation, but you can get busted for bypassing copy protection. Lame. You should be allowed to back up your investments.
     
  8. njean777 macrumors 6502

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    Its legal to have a backup of movies or music that you own, when you sell them, or try to make profit from them then it is illegal. Thats how i look at it.
     
  9. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    If it is illegal, then I have a few questions

    1) Why are we allowed to talk about these apps? Most, if not all, who use these apps use it to bypass the protection for commercial backups

    2) What are the chances of being "caught"

    3) Is it a safe risk or should I not bother?

    Same here buuut our views don't mean squat as far as the law is concerned sadly
     
  10. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    Because the programs themselves are legal, and what most of us do is still a very "grey" area.

    Unless you put 'em in a .torrent and let everyone have at 'em, zilch.

    Safe as can be, to be honest.
     
  11. DKatri macrumors 6502

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    As stted above, programmes like this and even torrent clients are legal because there are legit reasons for using them. torrents are a really fast, secure and easy was of sending big files to people (ie collaborative projects such as music production/paper writing) and handbrake can be used to get data off of a disc.
    They are legal tools that you can hypothetically of course) use for illegal purposes.
     

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