The legality of using AnyDVD software depends upon where you live. It is not illegal to copy a DVD in the United States, but it is illegal to sell or distribute tools to remove copyright protection from a DVD.
AnyDVD works in the background like a Windows driver file on your PC and removes copyright protections from any disc that is inserted into the DVD drive. The software also removes the region code from DVD discs, making them playable on any DVD player.
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Digital Millennium Copyright Act
According to the University of Washington, Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in 1998 to prevent the circumvention of copyright protection technology on DVD discs. Movies on DVD include digital encryption coding to prevent the disc from being copied. Using AnyDVD or any other software to bypass or remove copyright protection on a DVD is illegal in the United States. The Act permits making copies of copyright protected works in limited cases by libraries and educational institutions.
AnyDVD and many other software programs for decrypting and copying DVD movies can readily be downloaded on the Internet, and there are many sites offering information on how to copy DVD movies. According to Zohar Efroni, a fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, recent changes in German copyright law now make it illegal to provide hyperlinks to any site where software like AnyDVD is offered.
There are several treaties drawn up between nations to protect copyright, but no international law exists to prevent the use of software such as AnyDVD to remove the encryption coding from DVD movies. Individual nations pass and enforce their own laws; some nations have no copyright laws.
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