[kwlug-disc] Backing up DVDs in Canada
dscassel at gmail.com
Fri Sep 16 14:28:04 EDT 2011
Again, IANAL, but my understanding is it's pretty much illegal.
Fair dealing in Canada is *very* limited. I'm fairly certain it
doesn't cover any sort of copying for personal use. Nothing in the law
has anything to say about "motive of gain," but that might limit
damages in a lawsuit. But statutory damages would be in full force
regardless, and they're severe.
I'd love to see someone try to prove DVDs are computer software in
court. I wouldn't want to be the one footing the legal fees for that
On Fri 16 Sep 2011 01:46:50 PM EDT, Chris Frey wrote:
> I am not a lawyer.
> On Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 11:23:16AM -0400, Paul Nijjar wrote:
>> What is the legal state of backing up one's DVDs in Canada?
> For computer software, it is explicitly allowed:
> I would assume that, since a backup copy is not with a motive of gain,
> that backing up a DVD would also be allowed, if not as a backup, then
> as a minor form of fair dealing:
>> What is the legal state of ripping one's DVDs to an XBMC box?
> The letter of the law is not clear, to my knowledge. It is only clear
> for music, and it is allowed due to the private copying levy. But the
> spirit of the law, currently in Canada, is that it is allowed, in my opinion.
> I am not a lawyer, and this advice could be wrong. :-)
> - Chris
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