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Can I make back-up copies of my DVDs?
Because DVDs can be damaged, you may want to make backup copies of your discs. This would be especially helpful for households with children.

There is software out there, like DVD Shrink, than can duplicate discs. However, DVDs are encrypted and duplicating them requires breaking that encryption. Even though you aren't selling those copies, this could potentially be illegal under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). Unfortunately, there isn't any official court decision yet to determine the legality of duplicating DVDs you have purchased.

You may or may not be breaking the law if you duplicate your DVDs.

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