DVD Burning: Is it Legal?
When it comes to DVD burning, many people have questions and concerns. Some people may be performing illegal acts without realizing it. Other people may be afraid of doing something that is against law. So we are going to clear it all up once and for all.
Just like copying music files from internet, DVD burning is a highly controversial process. Many people may be very confused as to whether or not what they are doing is legal. In past, there have been several products designed to help consumer make back up copies of their DVDs. However, in February of 2004, laws on this changed and many companies were no longer allowed by law to sell their software copy programs.
Burning a copy of DVD you have purchased for personal use has long been accepted as legal. People did it for many years. The fair-use doctrine of U.S. copyright law accepted that back up copies for personal use were okay. However, DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) that stated that it is illegal to break CSS copy protection mechanism that is on most commercial DVDs. So technically, law does not state that it is illegal to make copies of movies. It does however; state that it is illegal to circumvent anti-piracy technology.