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DVD Reader Vs Ripper Softwares

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 3:46 pm    Post subject: DVD Reader Vs Ripper Softwares Reply with quote

Hi all,

I have two general questions:

1) Does using Windows DVD ripper application softwares (like DVD Shrink or DVD Decrypter etc.) damages/corrupts your DVD reader?

2) What is the legal status upon using such softwares? (Most of these softwares are either freewares or sharewares)

Thanks for your replies,
Have a nice day,
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They shouldn't cause problems with your DVD reader.

I think that copyright laws differ in different countries. In the UK, I believe it is OK to copy DVDs if you own the original, and you are copying it for backup purposes. Obviously none copyrighted DVDs, or DVDs that you own the copyright on, you can copy to your heart's content. I am not a legal person so you should verify this before you copy any copyrighted material.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SoftStag wrote:
They shouldn't cause problems with your DVD reader.

I think that copyright laws differ in different countries. In the UK, I believe it is OK to copy DVDs if you own the original, and you are copying it for backup purposes. Obviously none copyrighted DVDs, or DVDs that you own the copyright on, you can copy to your heart's content. I am not a legal person so you should verify this before you copy any copyrighted material.



Hi
Thanks for your reply.
I agree with you that copyright laws differ among countries and no copyrighted DVDs or CDs should be copied or backed up.

Regarding the first answer, I remember somewhere reading at internet that frequent usage of such DVD ripper softwares might damage the DVD player (like having difficulty in playing the DVD etc) because (I don't understand the following part) the mechanism of the DVD reader/writer have to work in a different way than the normal reading techniques. Unfortunately I am unable to quote the original reference. Nevertheless it said something to this meaning.

Your opinions please,
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2008 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would disagree. It will cause normal wear an tear, as any use of the drive would. This kind of use would not affect any warranty on the drive.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SoftStag wrote:
I would disagree. It will cause normal wear an tear, as any use of the drive would. This kind of use would not affect any warranty on the drive.


Okay, agreed!!
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