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Posted on Saturday 21 April 2007 at 4:46 pm

Help: Burning DVDs

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I have a DVD of Donald Duck cartoons that includes several cartoons that were designed to build morale and support for World War II. Two in particular are essentially anti-Nazi and anti-Japanese propaganda, one of which won the Oscar for best short film in 1942. Several of my friends are currently TAing for a Western Civ class and will be discussing World War II next week with their small groups. Showing all of or clips from these cartoons would be great to get discussion going, but there are five TAs and I only have one copy of the DVD. I am as certain as I can be without consulting a lawyer that copying just those cartoons for my friends for use in classroom discussion would fall under academic fair use and be perfectly legal but I can't convince my computer to let me burn copies of a copyrighted DVD. I know my parents have several programs that allow them to get around this because we burn copies of DVDs to take on road trips and leave the originals safe at home after our van was broken into and a bunch of DVDs and CDs were stolen. I thought I had one of these programs on my old laptop but I don't. Does anyone know anyway I can copy just those two cartoons without spending a lot of money and time that I don't have at the moment?


drumher at 10:13 pm on 21 April 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Don't know if you're working in Windows or Mac OS so this may be helpful or just a waste of space. I use Mac the Ripper (Freeware), which breaks the copy protection and saves the Video TS files to your hard drive which I then use to burn a fair use copy in Popcorn. Good luck.
bratty_jedi at 10:21 pm on 21 April 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I'm Windows. I really should have specified that. Thanks for trying, though. There has to be something similar for Windows, I'm just too tired and hurried to find it right now.
godricgal at 11:09 pm on 21 April 2007 (UTC) (Link)
This is an area I've failed to crack, but there are many forums I've come across that have some great info. I had a friend who's quite the expert in this area, so I'll have a look through old emails tomorrow for his recommended forums, if that's helpful.
bratty_jedi at 12:25 am on 22 April 2007 (UTC) (Link)
That would be great, if you find anything useful. If not, no biggie.
Raving Lunatic
molly_coddles at 5:08 am on 24 April 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Here are a couple free programs that are quite easy to use, and should allow you to copy your dvd:

handy program that decrypts and compresses files to fit on a single blank dvd. Use your regular burning software (Nero, Roxio, etc to burn files after decrypting)

http://www.dvdfab.com/free.htm (though you may have to run files decrypted by this one through the dvdshrink program to make a full dvd movie fit on a blank dvd)

I think when people purchase dvds, they ought to have the right to make themselves a backup copy. I make backups of all my kids' favorite dvds, because after several viewings, and manhandling by children, they're often too scratched to watch anymore.
At any rate, I know these programs work on WinXPpro. Pretty sure they work on XPhome as well. Mostly, you just need a big enough hard drive and a dvd burner.
Hope that helps! :)
bratty_jedi at 12:53 am on 27 April 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Sorry it took me so long to reply to this. Thanks much for the links. The DVD Shrink one in particular was a big help in getting things figured out. :)

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