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Before we get into why you would want to have a DVD copy of your favorite DVDs, let's consider the basics first. DVDs perform two essential tasks: they store recorded information and play back information. Some can do both; some can only do one or the other. Anyone who has ever owned or rented a DVD - whether it was a movie, computer software or personally recorded video   has come across a disc that has been scratched or broken. It seems to go with the territory.

Although they are not the latest and greatest communication media available to us today, DVDs can be expensive to buy or replace. In some cases, like with certain movies, music videos or home movies, the information recorded on these DVDs is irreplaceable.
Let's step back for just a second. The simple, basic reason that CD and DVD copy software was created is to fulfill our continually expanding requirements for storing data. Not only do we need something on which to store our media and information, but we also need it to be portable, compact and high quality.

The CD, DVD and their attendant burners came along and, voila   the information storage void was filled. Since their initial release and subsequent evolution, CD and DVD copy burners have become so prevalent and popular that it is often taken for granted that they come standard with brand new personal computers.

In today's day and age (we are in the Information Age, in case you hadn t heard), we have a number of devices that have the capability of recording video, such as smartphones, digital cameras and even most standard cell phones.

Share and Share Alike

There is one thing pertinent to this topic of why you would want or need DVD copy devices or burners, and that is the relatively new concept of sharing video across a variety of platforms and devices. It is when you try to navigate down this avenue of sharing that you will likely run into problems.

The most common problem with cross-platform sharing is that specific devices also have specific formats customized to the particular make and model of that particular device. So, what can you do to break through this electronic roadblock?

You can take a blank DVD and burn a copy of the information onto it. The good, old DVD is about as universal a format as you're likely to come across in electronic media.
As mentioned earlier in this article, the vast majority of PCs these days have a DVD b

rner built into them. You might have to do a little detective work to find it and the directions on how to use it, but it is well worth the time and energy.

There are also a number of specially tailored DVD copy software applications available. You can probably purchase one for about $40 to $70. Pay special attention, however, to the specifications and features listed on the DVD copy software products so that you get the software that best fits your needs.

Copyright & Fair Use

It's crucial that you have at least a basic understanding of copyright laws and fair use before you get too far into making digital copies of your DVDs that have copyright encryption coded into them. Most DVD copy software products come with some copyright information, and you can check the developer's website for more information.

Fair use, in the realm of copyright, simply states that you are allowed to make one DVD copy of a copyrighted DVD, and it is to be used only for your personal entertainment. In other words, you can't make multiple copies of any material that is copyrighted for any reason. That is a violation of copyright law.

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