Bypassing DRM violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Distributing information that could be used to bypass DRM also violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
So, no, I don't have any recommendations.
Actually there is also a Fair Use law that makes it legal to make a copy of digital content for personal use only. That is why these companies CAN legally sell these products. They all include a stern warning that distribution of copyrighted or DRM protected content is a violation of the DMCA. However, making a single copy as a backup or for personal use does not violate the law.
One of your freedoms are being violated.. time to get on it DAWG! LOL
I need to remove the copy protection to load my SL2 SD card. I don't want to spend 5 days downloading. Besides when I get a new PC am I supposed to rebuy all the music I downloaded? No thanx.
Nope. Read Judge Patel's latest in the RealDVD case. Fair use doesn't trump DMCA. They can't legally sell products that could be used to defeat DRM. If someone is selling such a product, they just haven't been sued yet.
Making a copy for personal use isn't what violates the law. Defeating copy protection is what violates the law. The DMCA is so broad that just telling someone where to look for a tool that they could conceivably use to defeat copy protection is now illegal.
I just downloaded the first season of The Office from Amazon. How do I know if it is a protected WMV file? I have tried converting the files so I can load them onto my BB Bold but it won't work. I'm assuming this is because they are protected?
Well all one has to do is go to Best Buy and there are products that will do it, though not specificially sold as such. On the Internet the very product's that I and mrpacs suggested trying are both sold and they have legal disclaimers, which make them legal to sell. Also these products don't strip or mess with the DRM at all. It simply does a fast dub of the music so its like recording it off a radio station and the last I heard that isn't illegal.
Well see, Amazon even allows you to put them on media players but my BB won't allow a WMV file. So I have to convert them. I have software to rip a DVD but I don't think it would work for these files. I should give it a try.
Thanks for the tips. Amazon was having a $5/season sale. HD stuff too.
Then the last you heard is wrong. It sounds like you aren't following the RealDVD case.
The DMCA may be evil and wicked, but it isn't foolish. It doesn't have loopholes for "fast dub" that lets you make copies of DRM'd content. Any technology that lets you make copies of DRM'd content is illegal under the DMCA. It doesn't matter how it does it, just that the end result is a copy. Just because you can buy it at Best Buy and it has some legal disclaimer and it hasn't been sued by the media industry doesn't mean it's legal.
Check out Judge Patel's latest ruling.
Actually I haven't heard at all because this is one case that I could give 2 shits about. The fact is there is software being sold legally that do this. Don't take my word for it check it out for yourself. Do you honestly think Best Buy would be selling these products if they felt they were illegal?
Until I see them going after these software vendors for selling this software I still deem them as legal. I'll let you follow the case and I'll just continue to enjoy my DRM free music.