Is it legal for me to make copies of my DVDs and CDs in case of some disaster or catastrophic loss?
I know it's illegal to copy and distribute such material. Since I own the copy I have, do I have the right to back it up to protect my investment in case something happens?
In the US, personal backups are legal as per the home audio recording act.
However, it is NOT legal to BYPASS copy protection to do it. THAT's illegal under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.
Yes, the two law conflict.
Would it be legal then to use my backup copy to produce a copy should I lose the original? Is it possible to make a usable copy without bypassing copy protection?
I agree with kschang, the two laws are conflicting. One says you can make backups while the DMCA prevents breaking the encyption used on DVD's to be able to make a copy. CDs have no encyption so there is no question you can make legal backups of CD's
@kschang That is incorrect:
“Merely bypassing a technological protection that restricts a user from viewing or using a work is insufficient to trigger the DMCA's anti-circumvention provision. The DMCA prohibits only forms of access that would violate or impinge on the protections that the Copyright Act otherwise affords copyright owners.”
Taken From: MGE UPS SYSTEMS, INC. v. GE CONSUMER AND INDUS.
So it is perfectly legal for backups.
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