How to Remove DVD Copy Protection in Ubuntu

Written by chad anderson
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DVD copy protection is not included with Ubuntu by default, but it is available as a package through the Ubuntu software repositories. To burn, rip, or even watch DVD video on Ubuntu, you will need to install the libdvdcss2 package. Although this may seem like a hassle, Ubuntu is not legally allowed to include the package with a standard installation since the software for decrypting DVDs is still illegal in some countries. Note that some new DVDs, at the time of publication, using enhanced encryption schemes, have not yet been broken and will not play under GNU/Linux.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Click "Applications" to expand the menu. Hover over the "Accessories" folder, then click the "Terminal" option.

  2. 2

    Type "sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2" and press the "Enter" key.

  3. 3

    Enter your user password when prompted, then press the "Enter" key.

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