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Old Jan 23rd, 2004, 02:34 AM   #31
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Here's a scenario for you (its true):

We own a whole bunch of DVDs and a few of them are the favorites of my 3 year old daughter (Monsters Inc. and Bugs Life. Heck anything by Pixar she loves)

Ok, she gets a hold of 2 of those DVDs and ends up cracking one of them to the point of being unplayable, the other is severely scratched.

So I ask you:

1. Why is it theft so me to back a backup copy of DVDs I own so that I don't have to go out and BUY another copy if mine get damaged?
2. Why is it not theft in many software programs I buy that allow you to make backup copies for safe keeping (read your license agreement, most allow backups
3. I RIP my whole CD collection into iTunes so I can put them on my iPod and I can make custom CDs for my own use.

Basically here the DVD industry is totally out to lunch in this regards. If they're going to encrypt their movies then they MUST offer us the ability to either 1: make backup copies or 2: provide a service to replace damaged DVDs at a minimal charge (like $5 for shipping).

Any takers?
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Old Jan 23rd, 2004, 07:24 AM   #32
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The copyright you're referring to is only valid in lending services, or "lending for profit" (aka making profit off of lending my personal DVD collection to the public). Since I am not lending to the general public for profit of any kind, it is perfectly legal for me to lend my CD/DVD/whatever to whomever I please.

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Old Jan 23rd, 2004, 07:26 AM   #33
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The software industry has it right in this respect: if your CD is scratch, damaged or stolen they will refurbish you with a new one (typically, in my experience) for around $10.00 plus S&H.

Quark has a CD refurbish deal for $25 (if I recall correctly), whereas Bungie, Blizzard et al charge $10.
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