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Take That, DVD CCA: 12 Ways to Rip DVDs

The courts and DVD CCA prefer users rip DVDs using software from overseas, rather than legitimate movie servers like Kaleidescape. So then, here are your options.

Kaleidescape, maker of one of the most expensive DVD movie servers on the planet, has lost its legal battle with the DVD CCA, licensor of the Content Scramble System (CSS) required of all (legitimate) DVD players.

The Santa Clary County court found that Kaleidescape breached its CSS licensing agreement with the DVD CCA and punished the manufacturer with a severe injunction that prohibits the sale of its DVD servers, and the support of servers already in the field (although Kaleidescape CEO Michael Malcolm says the ban on tech-support is limited only to issues regarding CSS).

So it seems the DVD CCA - and the movie studios and CE manufacturers it represents - wants consumers to rip their DVDs the old-fashioned way: using cheap, unsanctioned software from overseas (either that, or pay $2 to $4 to rip DVDs you already purchased).

OK, then, allow us to guide you to some of the more popular products that let you copy and manage your DVDs - whether you actually own the discs or not. Naturally, we encourage users to rip only the DVDs they own, not ones borrowed from friends or rented from Redbox, Netflix or other agencies.

Photos: 12 Ways to Rip DVDs

Admittedly, we can't police your DVD-ripping activities. At least Kaleidescape keeps ripped DVDs within its own ecosystem so they cannot be shared over a public network. And the company has another built-in measure for minimizing abuse: The products are so expensive they're unlikely to be used by the rent-rip-return type.

The DVD CCA decided to go after this niche company, but there are still plenty of easy ways to rip your collections (and your rentals, but don't do that) using a cheap computer and ubiquitous software, not to mention hardware from vendors who have opted not to do business with the DVD CCA (see why?) and just use CSS decryption software from the public domain. It's been out there for years.

The DVD CCA can't touch these companies. Furthermore, there appears to be no legal case in which consumers have been tried for buying and using these products, even though copyright law generally forbids DVD copying, whether the offender owns the disc or not. (Fair use? Don't even go there.)

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Rachel Cericola contributed to this report.

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Article Topics

News · Product News · Slideshow · Video · Digital Media · Media Servers · Kaleidescape · Dvd Ripping · Dvd Cca · All topics

About the Author

Julie Jacobson, Co-Founder, EH Publishing / Editor-at-large, CE Pro
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. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson. [More by Julie Jacobson]

13 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by Audiophiliac  on  03/15  at  12:22 PM

Thank you Julie! Brilliant article!

Posted by Julie Jacobson  on  03/15  at  12:27 PM

Thanks. Sometimes I amuse myself! (And special thanks to Rachel Cericola who put the slideshow together)

Posted by Petro  on  03/15  at  12:29 PM

Great article! Everything is gonna go streaming, and with that possessing physical content (disc or bits) will become a luxury.

Posted by Tuckertues  on  03/15  at  01:15 PM

Your Attention Please:  The role of ‘Gov. William J. (Gentlemen, we must find a way to save our phony baloney jobs- give me a harrumph ) Le Petomane’ will now be played on a rotating basis by the DVD CCA and the RIAA. 

Please enjoy the clown show.

Posted by John Nemesh  on  03/15  at  01:32 PM

“The more they tighten their grip, the more users will slip through their fingers!” smile

Posted by dkippy  on  03/15  at  06:34 PM

Once again somebody who has no understanding of exactly what and how K-Scape is dealing with keeping things under control are trying to force something that only “dumbs down” the quality. Let’s be real. All the hype on paper about the world of streaming and Cloud look great. However the one thing everybody seems to be over looking is the network, bandwidth and service provider. I don’t care what anybody wants to say the only person who will ultimately suffer is the consumer. Who might think we as an industry are the problem. How many of you have had clients complain about video quality from streaming, buffering, network issues. Will clients want to pay all the additional monthly fees to have the Premium Tiers of bandwidth required? That is before people even begin installing these streaming products believing what the Big Box or Online retailer tells them that wireless will work well also. Follow the money trail, the lobbyist and who is making the money from garbage positions like this. Not our industry.

Posted by Flip  on  03/16  at  08:05 AM

“Just when I thought I was out…THEY PULL ME BACK IN!”

Posted by Jason Brown  on  03/16  at  11:16 AM

Great article Julie. It’s insane that they are suing the only company on the planet that is actually trying to do it legally. I hope the judge gets his head out of his rectum, or the Superior Court does it for him.

Jason Brown

Posted by Tuckertues  on  03/16  at  12:42 PM


Would be willing to state your argument a bit more coherently?

Posted by Jason Knott  on  03/22  at  12:59 PM

@Tuckertues—I think what dkippy is trying to say… and I agree… is that these 12 DVD ripping solutions DO NOT replace what Kaleidescape is doing. Indeed, Kaleidescape is a company that has created a reliable, PROFITABLE (think about how much money you’ve all made from this battling company before jumping off the ship), upgradeable solution SOLD THROUGH this channel with strong sales support. This article could be interpreted that CE Pro is saying that simply using one of these 12 alternatives replaces the Kaleidescape solution.

Posted by Julie Jacobson  on  03/22  at  01:10 PM

I think tuckertues was just being silly? dkippy was saying that the DVD CCA is forcing us to go with cheap, illegal, offshore alternatives for DVD ripping (which was the purpose of this story)

Posted by dkippy  on  03/22  at  01:15 PM

Sorry Tuckertues - Have been on the road and missed your post. Jason hit the nail on the head. This is such a crime against anybody who is an entrepreneur and business owner. I’ve first met Malcom and his team before they EVER even launched the line. Sam Runco brought them over to meet me, as Sam put it “You’re all Geeks and I thought you should meet.” Only Sam grin. We met in MN years ago and these guys were ALWAYS about doing things the right way, locking things down for security and all concerns. This entire thing is about nothing more than MONEY. Who is paying who to fight this fight. Could the studios work out a system “ala” iTunes for use like K-Scape and others. of course they could. But I feel this is all about money and who is lobbying for what. Look at the streaming market. Easier for the studios and partners with much deeper pockets. I agree 100% with Jason that dealers need to support this industry leader! I know many dealers who really think a solution from another provider using the very software that would be deemed illegal is a better direction?!?!. How is that in the best interest of the client?

Also our industry in under attack from mass market consumer manufacturers. Does anybody really think the big guys, we all know who I’m talking about, could care less if our industry was here? NO they would rather sell direct, dumb down the sound and video quality and pull the consumer into their factory direct stores or the Big Box Retailer. It’s all easier for them. I feel a major element that our market is missing is the concentration on what got us here. Solutions, better quality, service and standing out from the rest. K-Scape as a product and group embodies this from day one. Hell I don’t work or sell their product. But as an industry vet of 20+ years I support them as one of the products and leaders that help the CEDIA channel stand out from the pack. IMO.

Posted by joel degray  on  03/23  at  10:29 AM

“Posessing physical content will be come a luxury”- What say you when they stop printing Bibles? Honestly, many of you are just not thinking this through…
Copyright and Technology need to be 2 seperate items, no extortion or racketerring. DVD CCA needs to be broken up just like Ma Bell did.

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