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The forum rules at Mac-Forums (linked at the top of every forum) are very clear, we respect US law and court precedence when it comes to legality of activity.

Therefore to clarify:
  • You may not discuss breaking DVD encryption, copying, or "ripping" commercial, copy-protected DVDs.
  • This includes DVDs you own. Even if you own the DVD, it is still technically illegal under the DMCA to break the encryption. While some may argue otherwise, until the law is rewritten or the US Supreme Court strikes it down, we will adhere to the current intent of the law.
  • You may discuss ripping or copying unprotected movies or homemade DVDs.
  • You may discuss ripping or copying tools in the context that they are used for legal purposes as outlined in this post.

There are many other places online where you can go if you feel you absolutely need to discuss illegal things. We'd ask that you go there to do so.

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Thank you very much for adding this, I'm sure people will be glad to know this beforehand in specifics.

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Thank you very much for adding this, I'm sure people will be glad to know this beforehand in specifics.
You're welcome.

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Thanks so much. This is very helpful to me and ever.
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Cool info, schweb. Your post helps us all know how to reply to uhm certain kinds of posts.

Now if only the certain-kind-of-posts-posters could read this...
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Very good info Schweb. We have to look out for our forums.
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Very good info Schweb. We have to look out for our forums.
Some others want to discuss topics abour DVD.
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Some others want to discuss topics abour DVD.
Then you're going to have to find a forum that allows you to discuss illegal behavior as you're not allowed to do so here at Mac-Forums.


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Some others want to discuss topics abour DVD.
We're aware the rules won't please everyone. Part of liking a forum is joining a place where the member feels comfortable so if you don't feel like you can enjoy yourself here, by all means, find a place that will suit you more.
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While I do feel that the rules are sometimes a little anal-retentive, as I am one who is happy to discuss such matters, I do appreciate why the rules are in place. I don't want Mac-Forums to become a haven for illegal activity, and if that means chopping a few conversation topics then so be it... Rep for you, schweb - not that it does much! =P

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This forum is run by the RIAA?
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This forum is run by the RIAA?
Let's repeat this once more:

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We're aware the rules won't please everyone. Part of liking a forum is joining a place where the member feels comfortable so if you don't feel like you can enjoy yourself here, by all means, find a place that will suit you more.
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I think most people will be more comfortable on this forum knowing that discussion of illegal content is not allowed, it is nice to find bits of the net that are free from bullying, racism, hacking, criminal activities and pornography.
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I think most people will be more comfortable on this forum knowing that discussion of illegal content is not allowed, it is nice to find bits of the net that are free from bullying, racism, hacking, criminal activities and pornography.
Me too. My solution is to just go out and buy DVDs from shops and online stores instead of stealing them. Try these:

http://www.amazon.com

http://www.play.com

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This forum is run by the RIAA?
If you're going to make a snide comment, at least do it right. Mentioning the MPAA would have made sense, you just look dumb by saying RIAA.


Knightlie, there are a lot of people who would like to create backups of their DVDs so that they can avoid the possibility of scratching the originals. Some people would also like to rip DVDs for devices other than their DVD players, such as iPods or even to store on their computer so that they don't have to carry around physical DVDs.

Unfortunately, doing any of these seemingly legitimate things is technically illegal under the DMCA. Making the backup or converting to a file isn't the illegal part, it's the cracking of the encryption that's been made illegal. It's kind of sadistic when you think about it. Tell people that they can do whatever they want with their movies, but then make it illegal to get to them.


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