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Is It Legal to Rip DVD for Personal Use?

By Zoe Clarke

June 12, 2018

There are many situations that we need to rip DVD collections for easily playback in portable devices. However, with the video copyright becoming more and more restricted, some of us may feel confused that whether it's legal to rip DVD even only for personal use. As we all know, ripping DVD and redistributed for commercial use is illegal, but there is no clear answer to this question: is it legal to rip DVD for personal use? 


As each country has it’s own law, the answer to the question varies from country to country. Following we will discuss the definition for some country. Knowing more about these definition can help to avoid being sue for doing illegal activities even without purpose.


Part 1. Is It Legal to Rip DVD for Personal Use?

For most of countries like Australia and New Zealand, there is no clear restriction on ripping DVD for personal use. In Australia and New Zealand, making a copy of legally purchased DVD is within the law, as long as it's not distributed for commercial purpose. Similarly, In the United States, as well as in Canada, the law makes no explicit grant or denial of a right to make a "personal use" copy of copyrighted content.


Unlike above countries we mentioned, United Kingdom is a totally special case which we need to pay more attention to. In United Kingdom, it has been illegal to rip DVD for any purpose since June 2014, but the private copying exemption was overturned in 2015. The UK government finally legalizes the process of making personal copies of digital content.


From above countries' definition, we can reach an agreement that it’s legal to rip copyrighted DVD for personal use only. With the legality of ripping DVD, it would also raises a question "How to rip DVD for personal use". Following we will share a best DVD ripper - TuneFab DVD Ripper.


Part 2. How to Rip DVD for Personal Use?

TuneFab DVD Ripper enables you to convert all DVD movies to more than 300 formats for personal use like playback on portable device or make own videos for fun. A strong feature needs to be mentioned is that TueFab DVD Ripper makes it possible to convert DVD videos with up to 6X faster speed. With it, you can also edit the DVD videos with some special effects such as the 3D Settings, Brightness, Saturation, etc. Here I will show you a step-by-step guide on how to rip DVD for personal use with TueFab DVD Ripper.


Step 1. Install TuneFab DVD Ripper

Download this program from official website on your Windows or Mac. Launch it you will see a straightforward interface pops up.

Step 2. Add the DVD

Open the program and click "Load Disc" button to import your DVD files. Or you can load DVD folder, both are supported by this program.

Add DVD Files

Step 3. Edit DVD Videos by Adding 3D Effect (Optional)

Click "3D" button to add 3D effect to your videos. There are various options to choose, like Anaglyph, Slide by Slide and Top and Bottom. If you have a 3D device, you can select the compatible 3D effect for your videos.

Add 3D Effects to DVD Video

Step 4. Choose the Output Video Format

Click "Profile" button, then choose "General Video"  to select the output video format.

Choose the Output Video Format

Step 5. Setting the Output Profile

After choosing the output format, then you can click on the "Setting" button to edit the 3D Settings, Brightness, Saturation, etc. If you want change the audio settings, you can go to "Audio Settings" to set audio encoder, sample rate, bitrate as desired.

Setting the Output Profile

Step 6. Start Ripping the DVD to PC

After all settings completed, you can just click "Convert" to finish converting DVD to other files formats. The conversion speed is quick and you can enjoy your video in a few minutes.

Start Ripping the DVD to PC

Seeing from above, we know that it's easy to rip DVD and it's legal to do so for personal use. However, it will still be illegal to make a copy of protected content without the copyright owner’s permission. So you will not be able to make copies of DVDs for your friends, copy DVDs borrowed from friends, or copy videos illegally downloaded from file-sharing websites.



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