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How to Rip Copyrighted DVD Step by Step

By Zoe Clarke

February 16, 2019

I use Microsoft Surface Pro 4 as my business trip laptop. It works as a regular laptop except for the built-in DVD driver. To enjoy DVD on the computer during your trip, you have to plug in an external DVD driver or if you don't want to take too many USB cables in your backpack, you can rip the copyrighted DVD to the compatible format to your computer before the trip for later playing. To see if it is legal to rip copy protected DVD and how to rip copyrighted DVD, please read on:

Rip Copyrighted DVD


Part 1. DVD Copy Protection Types

Before we know how to rip DVD to MP4, we need to know the DVD copy protection types adopted so that we can choose the suitable relevant software accordingly.

1. Region Code

2. Region Code Enhanced (RCE)

3. Analog Protection System (APS)

4. Content Scramble System (CSS)

5. User Operation Prohibition (UOP)

6. Sony ARccOS Protection

7. Analog CPS (Macrovision)


9. Content Protection for Prerecorded Media (CPPM)

10. Content Protection for Recordable Media (CPRM)

To decrypted these DVD copy protection types and play DVD on other devices or players, you can check this post to see 10 outstanding copy protected DVD software that can crack all the above types and rip copyrighted DVD on your computer: Top 10 DVD Decrypter Alternative for You.

Part 2. Is It Legal to Rip Copy Protected DVD

As these DVD is encrypted for copyright protected purpose, you might worry that ripping these copy protected DVD will break the law and get you into some kind of troubles. Just take it easy, your confusion will be eliminated after reading this:

Rip Copy Protected DVD

What Does the Raw States About Ripping Protected DVD?

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) once states that it is illegal to rip CSS copy-protection mechanism employed in DVD movies even for personal use, give a copied DVD to someone for free or watch it on your computer. However, in recent years, DCMA has softened its stance on copying DVD for personal use. But it remains concerned on the distribution/commercial use of copied DVDs.

Is DMCA Takes Effects Globally?

DVD ripping is considered illegal in the United States but in some other country, such as the UK, ripping copyrighted DVD is already legal. There are sometimes some additional state or local laws in different countries. Just Google it before ripping.

Can I Rip The DVD to Watch on PC During the Flight?

Yes. Ripping rare DVD to prevent lost, damaged, stolen or for personal use is legal.

Can I Rip Borrowed/Rent DVD on My Computer?

No. You can rip the protected DVD that you purchased. It's not allowed to rip the DVD you rent or borrow from your friend.

I Am A Teacher, Can I Rip and Show DVD to Students?

Yes. Showing DVD to students for educational use is legal but it is not permitted to show DVD at seminars or another money-making educational venture is not permitted as it causes economic harm to DVD creator and copyright holder.

Part 3. How to Rip Copyrighted DVD

Well, now we know it's legal to backup DVD movies on PC and let's cut to the chase for the steps to rip copyrighted DVD. What we need is the powerful DVD ripper software. TuneFab DVD Ripper will be highly recommended.

TuneFab DVD Ripper is a powerful DVD ripping software allowing you to:

1. Remove DRM Encryption Automatically with Ease;

2. Rip DVD to over 300 videos and audio formats, including MP3, MP4, AVI, MOV, WMV;

3. Preview DVD ripping and capture snapshot in BMP, JPEG and more;

4. Rip audio tracks and subtitles in your preferences while ripping;

5. Edit brightness, saturation and add special effects after ripping;

6. Rip copy protected DVD 6X faster than other rippers.

Quite outstanding, isn't it? Why not download a copy of TuneFab DVD Ripper on your computer and start the DVD copy protection removal and rip encrypted DVD on your own.

Step 1. Launch TuneFab DVD Ripper

Download and install TuneFab DVD Ripper on your PC. Then, make sure that your DVD is inserted into the DVD drive of your computer. If you don't have a DVD driver like my Surface Pro 4, you can plug in an external DVD player with USB cable.

Step 2. Load Disc/DVD Folder/IFO Files

Hit on the "Load Disc" button at the top of your interface and choose "Load DVD Disc", "Load DVD Folder" or "Load IFO Files" as you wish.

Load DVD Disc for Ripping

Step 3. Set up Output Format

In the "Profile" session there's a videos format session, choose MP4 or other supported formats you wish. You can also choose "Settings" next to it for more detailed settings including video settings, audio settings and 3D settings.

Set Up Output Format

Note: To locate your ripped DVD with ease, you can set up output folder as you need by entering "Preferences" interface and "General" > "Output Folder" to choose the output folder, snapshot folder and snapshot format you like.

Set Up Output Folder

Step 4. Start Ripping Copyrighted DVD to Computer

Click the "Convert" button at the bottom of the interface to start the conversion process. You will see the progress bar running. When it finishes, click on "Completed" to end the process.

Convert and Rip DVD to MP4 on PC

Conclusion: Distributing, selling ripped DVD is not permitted and will break the law. To rip copyrighted DVD to computer as a backup for personal use in case DVD broken/stolen is legal. And with the help of TuneFab DVD Ripper, you can rip DVD to MP4, MOV, AVI and more and play the DVD on various devices at ease. Moreover, TuneFab DVD ripper is also an excellent DVD editor for you to add special effects to the ripped DVD.

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