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Backing Up Dvd's As A Service


steve burnell
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hi guys/girls

 

i have had an idea for a while now, since i have just lost my job and have no work for the min, i thought i'd make myself some money and offer a dvd/cd backup service to people who are concered about getting their own bought dvd/cd's scratched or damaged

 

just wondered if anybody knew of any legalities that would prevent me from starting to offer this to customers?

 

(oh btw i'm in the uk so the law may be different to the USA / Canada or other countries)

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hey steve, i'm in the UK too - you might want to check the legal implications first. i'm pretty sure that if you break the encoding (css) on a dvd to copy it, you infringe the law.

 

just so you know (wouldnt want you to get the law on your back...)

 

edit: plus, dual layer discs are steep - you'd have to compress to 4.7gb with dvd-shrink or something.

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I don't see much of a margin, but I see a lot of potential for trouble with the law.

 

While technically it's (probably) Ok to make 1 backup copy for yourself, I don't know whether or not selling a customer his own copy as a service would squeak under the law.

 

Then again, with DVDs costing mostly around $14/each (for most content), you plan to charge $6 plus something for your time, I don't see much margin there unless you are backing up expensive new movies or porn.

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