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Is Your DVD Server Legal? Manufacturers Say Yes!

Developers of movie-ripping products insist their products are legal. Here's how the manufacturers justify their solutions.


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The issues surrounding DVD ripping are downright dumbfounding.

What’s legal and what isn’t? Who is potentially liable for copyright offenses – manufacturers, installers, end users?

Is it better to have a CSS (Content Scramble System) license from the DVD CCA (Copy Control Association), or does that just open you up to litigation as in the case of Kaleidescape?

If the DVD CCA can’t catch you, can you be prosecuted under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act?

Can manufacturers create DVD-ripping solutions, as long as they keep the copyright “wrapper” intact? What if their solutions prohibit transferring protected content off of their proprietary network? Does that help their cause?

Is “ripping” a DVD the same as “archiving” it?

Realizing the tremendous benefits of disk-less movie libraries, a slew of manufacturers and software providers are testing the legal waters when it comes to storing protecting DVDs on a hard drive.

How do Manufacturers Justify their DVD Servers?

We’ve collected FAQs from a variety of vendors. In their own words, here’s what they have to say about copyright and licensing.


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Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at [email protected]

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