Re: Can I transfer my commercially purchased Videos to DVD?
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Posted by M Arthur Auslander on June 07, 2002 at 00:29:26:
In Reply to: Can I transfer my commercially purchased Videos to DVD? posted by Miki Marsioly on June 06, 2002 at 10:56:24:
: I have a number of commercial VHS videos most of which are no longer produced. In order to protect these I would like to transfer these to DVD either myself or by using a video to dvd conversion service. Will I be breaking the law if this duplication is purely for my personal backup and use? If not, what do I need to provide to the company doing video to dvd service so that they are satisfied they can carry out the conversion?
Dear Miki Marsioly,
Breaking a law usually refers to a crime, infringment is usually violating a right. I believe a download to a VCR is an infringement, just as making a photocopy can be an infringement. I am not aware of infrinement actions on photocopies unless the copyies are openly sold.
This is not a question of law but of reality.
M. Arthur Auslander
Auslander & Thomas-Intellectual Property Law Since 1909
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