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Old 8 Jan 2006, 10:10 AM   #1
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Default Are people allowed to back-up rental DVDs? (Senselessly/Hopelessly/Horribly Hijacked)

are people allowed to back-up rental DVDs?

I was shopping for a new DVD driver at BestBuy this morning... my old one just stopped working last night..

The BestBuy guy asked me what I was looking for. He
grabbed a new Sony burner for me. I also picked up
two 50-pack blank Fuji DVD-Rs(on sale for $14.99 each)

As I was paying for it, he said "you plan to burn DVDs you
get from Netflix or something?" Then it hit me.. do people
do that? I've never tried rental DVDs because I buy them
from Costco at pretty good prices. Then I make back up
copies and put the original ones away.

Wouldn't Netflix(or other rental places such as Blockbuster)
know that you've made copies of the DVD?
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Old 8 Jan 2006, 11:33 AM   #2
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No you arent allowed to backup rentals that is illegal even though some people do it. The rental store cant find out that you copy them unless you return the backup. Just dont make threads that are like this because it is talking about stuff that is illegal.

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Old 8 Jan 2006, 11:46 AM   #3
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them unless you return the backup.
what was that saying forrest gump always repeated?


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Old 8 Jan 2006, 11:50 AM   #4
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what was that saying forrest gump always repeated?

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Old 8 Jan 2006, 12:00 PM   #5
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duh!
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Old 8 Jan 2006, 12:37 PM   #6
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I think Chewy is referring to "Stupid is as stupid does"
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Old 8 Jan 2006, 12:51 PM   #7
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Actually, AFAIK, if you are in The Netherlands, this is entirely legal. As for the rest of the world, very much including The United States, the answer is a strict, no.

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Also if you are in China, India, or Israel. Just a heads-up. What was funny - I showed this kid who lived in one of those countries a US DVD, and he was like "wow, what great quality" and I said "Yeah, because it isn't a bootleg"
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Old 8 Jan 2006, 02:09 PM   #9
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lol I know.........was just trying to play stupid. lmao
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Old 8 Jan 2006, 02:24 PM   #10
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Yeah it's illegal. I think if you got caught you could argue it.. you'd still get sued but think about it.. you paid for the rental, right? So technically it's yours (for the rental time)
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But only to watch. We do not give legal advice splean. You want technical advice on a very intricate subject, ask a senior intellectual property lawyer.

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^ Lol relax.. im just stating the facts.
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hmmmm, never knew it was legal in netherland, but jokes and piracy apart, I dont think its legal anywhere else, including china, india and israel.
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@splean

The facts are something which we, as laypeople, do not know. That is my point.

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Also if you are in China, India, or Israel. Just a heads-up. What was funny - I showed this kid who lived in one of those countries a US DVD, and he was like "wow, what great quality" and I said "Yeah, because it isn't a bootleg"

I wonder why the quality would drop so much. It isn't hard to make a nice looking backup as we all know.
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