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Legitimate copying?

Discussion in 'PC Games' started by Street, 2 Feb 2006.

  1. Street

    Sgarrista

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    Not sure if this is the right place to post this but... just having an arguement with my housemate at the moment about copyrights. If you own a game are you legally allowed to make a single copy of it now for yourself? I thought you used to be able to but they changed the law?

    Cheers
     
  2. Jokester

    Don

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    No.

    I believe it used to be the case that you could make a copy for back up purposes but it's no longer the case.

    Jokester
     
  3. james.miller

    Capodecina

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    nope. you cant copy games or dvd's for any reason:)
     
  4. Street

    Sgarrista

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    cheers... confirmed my point. I can tell him he knows squat now:D
     
  5. mortals

    Mobster

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    wouldn't that make all dvd backup software illegal? :confused:
     
  6. Jokester

    Don

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    Nope, because backing up DVDs that aren't protected by copyright is perfectly legal (though 99% of DVDs you own will likely be copyrighted).

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  7. mortals

    Mobster

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    ah ic

    but a lot of those software sites say something like "this software allows you to backup your entire dvd collection"

    bit misleading
     
  8. HangTime

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    Just because something facilitates crime doesn't make it illegal per se.

    I could smash your skull in with a hammer, but that doesn't make hammers illegal, because they have other, legitimate purposes :)
     
  9. Hector

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    yes you can, if they say you can..

    deer hunter 2005 copyright states this: "you can make and maintain one copy for backup and archival purposes, provided the original and copy of the software are kept in your possession".
     
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  10. james.miller

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    i dont even know if that means you can. That's like selling a packet of cigarettes to a 14 year old because the packet says you can. The law may say differently..

    U.k, E.U and U.S all state that you can not copy dvd's in any way shape or for for any reason. Thought i dont know what the E.U and U.k laws regarding games are exactly, i know the U.S allows a backup for archival only.
     
  11. Jokester

    Don

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    In that case you would be allowed to make a back up copy as you have the copyright owners explicit permission to do so.

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  12. Hector

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    i'd like to see them try and screw me for theft if the owner does not see it that he's been stolen from.. they did try such a thing in the US, as they could not find any terrorists HS raided a toy shop (pufferbelly toys) and Rubix destroyed their case.
     
  13. Energize

    Caporegime

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    You can make backups as long as it doesn't bypass copy protection.
     
  14. richard1973

    Gangster

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    what about DVD Decryptor, that purpose is to remove copyright, thats gotta be ilegal now? They no doubt have a disclaimer: this product doesnt not authorise the use of ripping copyrighted material.

    Instructions of use: place disc in drive and run DVD Decryptor to remove copyright :)
     
  15. james.miller

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    that's ALWAYS been illegal mate.