Would this be legal?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Chris 123, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. Chris 123 macrumors regular

    Chris 123

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    I had an idea of putting an ad on craigslist that rips people's dvd's/dvd collection for a price.

    Some people might just want backups of their dvd's and don't want to do it themselves or don't know how.

    I know it's legal to rip movies if you own them, so I don't see why this wouldn't be or how I could get in trouble doing it.

    This could just be another terrible idea but thought i'd share. Probably wouldn't get anyone interested in this but you never know. Also any thoughts on how much to charge?
     
  2. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    If you are in the US, then it is technically illegal. The DMCA made it illegal to circumvent copy protection measures, even if you own the media. So, if the DVDs have any copy protection, it is technically illegal to break the protection and copy it.
     
  3. Beric macrumors 68020

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    Correct, ripping DVD's is technically illegal. But I could care less. Handbrake is an excellent app. :p
     
  4. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    I agree, but I was just answering the question. The OP wanted to know if it was legal. While you or I ripping our own stuff is one thing, I would advise against advertising doing it for a profit. :)
     
  5. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    it's quite likely that somebody would flag your craigslist ads and they would be removed
     
  6. Chris 123 thread starter macrumors regular

    Chris 123

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    Thanks for the responses. Just to be safe, don't think i'll be doing this.

    But i'll always enjoy handbraking my stuff:)
     
  7. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    However, ripping CD's for a fee, or DVD's without copy protection, should be fine.
     

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