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Can I copy and burn a DVD that I have rented? What do I need

Hello all,
What type of DVD player/recorder/burner do I need to make copies of DVD's that I already have or may rent. This is just for my personal use. I do not need something that makes mass copies. Is there such affordable technology out there?

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Are you allowed to do this?

I mean copyright (= right to copy) issues. Please post the small print on both such a DVD and the rental conditions. The very first DVD in my own collection says "Unauthorized copying ... is prohibited." So the question is: "are you authorized"?


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In reply to: Can I copy and burn a DVD that I have rented? What do I need

Are you allowed to go into the grocery store an take food without paying for it? There are many discussions (with no real answer) as to whether one is allowed to make "backup" copies of purchased DVDs, but the rented DVDs are not purchased. Technically you have no ownership of these discs to allow you to make "backup" copies. I'm not on either side of the fence, I'm just stating info I've gathered from reading the many discussions about the legality of copying copyrighted material.

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When you rent a DVD you are given permission to watch it for a limited time only, after which you must return it or accept late fees and the eventual purchase fee. It is illegal to copy a DVD you don't own, for personal use or not, so this thread is locked. In short, if you want to keep the DVD you must buy it.


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