Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Can I transfer my commercially purchased Videos to DVD?
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Posted by M Arthur Auslander on June 10, 2002 at 22:44:35:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: Re: Can I transfer my commercially purchased Videos to DVD? posted by Miki on June 07, 2002 at 09:38:50:
: I have many old vhs tapes that are discontinued & are not available on dvd and I can notice the quality loss as years pass.
: I think it is only fair that production companies should free their customers to copy their already paid-for videos. Think about it... You are sold a product with the knowledge that it will eventually be unwatchable!
: Q1: Is there any consumer protection law against this? I mean, at the time of purchase no one told me that this video will self-destruct in 12 years!
: Q2: Is it worth writing to the video producers, seeking them to grant their customers the right to copy their videos to dvd for personal viewing? Or am I out of my mind thinking that the copyright owners would grant such privilege to their customers?
I believe that copying is an infringement as long as the copyright is alive. I believe a download to a VCR is an infringement. If the download is not sold then, even if it is an infringement, it would seem hard to find the downloader to bring any action.
I believe much photocopying is also infringement. I am not aware of an infrngement action not involved with a sale of the photocopy.
M. Arthur Auslander
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