Curated by: Luigi Canali De Rossi

Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Creating Exact DVD Copies For Backup Purposes

Make Perfect Personal Backup Copies of Your DVDs - New Software Allows Consumers To Make Fair-use Backup Copies of DVDs

= breakthrough tool
Software (Win)
USD $ 99

Hollywood says that it's illegal to burn a backup copy of your Austin Powers Goldmember DVD, and it builds in copy protection to stop you. But a small firm denies any kinship to Dr. Evil just because it markets software that lets anyone with a burnable DVD drive make an exact copy of a commercial DVD.

Missouri-based 321 Studios has released DVD X Copy, a $99 program that is the first to let users create a mirror image of an entire DVD on a second blank DVD. The copy even includes menus, special features, and enhanced audio.

With DVDXCOPY you can backup your favorite DVD movies with nothing more than a DVD burner and your home computer with DVDXCOPY software. There's no need to invest hundreds of dollars in replacing lost or damaged DVD discs. Not when DVDXCOPY lets you make backup copies of all your DVD movies using a standard DVD+R or DVD-R burner.

Copies created with DVD X Copy play on standard home DVD players just like regular DVDs.

A full featured Hollywood movie would typically be copied in about one hour or less, while maintaining perfect DVD video and quality.

Backup copy made with DVD X Copy are EXACTLY like the original. Nothing is compressed or left off the disc.

DVD X Copy is extremely easy to use and the procedure to be followed to create a backup copy of a DVD is as simple as these three steps:



Step 1: Install DVDXCOPY on Computer
Step 2: Insert Blank DVD Disc
Step 3: Press COPY NOW to Backup DVD

According to an interview released by PCWorld with 321 Studios the movie industry trade association Motion Picture Association of America contends that such products violate the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. That law, currently under review, outlaws providing information or tools to circumvent copy-control technology, including the Contents Scramble System (CSS) normally utilized on DVD media.

In the same article Robert Moore, president and founder of 321 Studios, counters by saying consumers have a fair-use right to make backup copies of DVDs they purchase.

"You as a consumer should have a right to make a personal backup copy of the DVD that you rightfully own," Moore says.
"We are offering for the first time a tool that allows you to exercise that consumer right."

During the copying process, 321 Studios takes three extra steps to appease its Hollywood critics:

1) DVD X Copy inserts electronic controls into copied DVDs to prevent them from being duplicated further.

2) DVD X Copy also embeds a digital watermark that can trace the source of any file transmitted over the Internet to the software's licensed owner.

3) DVD X Copy inserts a disclaimer at the beginning of the recorded DVD, telling viewers that the disc is a backup copy intended for personal use only.

321 Studios has been working at this tool since 2001, when it courageously launched its first product, DVD Copy Plus, which makes lesser-quality CD copies of DVD movies.

Apparently DVD X Copy doesn't actually break the CSS on commercial DVDs. Instead, 321 Studio intercepts the video and audio stream after a DVD player has decrypted the CSS code.

DVD X Copy price is USD $99.99

Readers' Comments    
2004-03-25 01:48:47


Well here is the new software from 123studio:

2003-08-08 04:51:55


Alrighty. This sounds real good, but i got one question ... what if the movie os too long... lets say the real mpvie is on a dual layer dvd - what then - I mean it wount be able to fit on the 4 gig of a standart dvd - r???

posted by Robin Good on Tuesday, December 31 2002, updated on Tuesday, May 5 2015

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