I’m not much of a DVD movie buyer.
Back in the day I would buy VHS movies that I liked. Most of them were watched frequently so the purchases were justified (I even wore a few out). But now that we are in the age of DVD (ok, we’re probably past that, but I’m a little slow to catch up to BluRay), I don’t really need DVD’s of my favorite movies. With cable and Netflix around I can always find something to watch and hardly get to any of the few DVD’s I already own.
But there’s one BIG exception – KIDS MOVIES!
If there is one category of movie that is well worth buying its kids movies. With three kids, two of which are movie watching age, we have movies going on all the time (maybe not all the time, I don’t want you to think the kids sit around all day in front of the TV). Time for a family movie? Any of The Incredibles, Shrek, Little Mermaid, Scooby Doo, Alladin, and more can get pulled out and watched. Kids love watching the same movie over and over! These DVD’s see their share of wear and tear let me tell you.
And there lies the problem.
DVD’s aren’t indestructible. They get scratched. They get prints all over them (and “other” stuff). They get left out (much to our dismay) or put back in the wrong direction. We already have problems with a couple of our DVD’s. With the baby bound to watch the DVD’s when she’s older we want to make sure they last.
So wouldn’t it be great if I could make backups of the DVD’s I own to make sure the kids can enjoy them?
Here lies another problem.
DVD manufacturers and movie studios aren’t so fond of people copying the movies. Understandably so since pirate movies hurt their industry. But I just want a backup of a movie I own.
There are programs out there that allow you to make backups but they aren’t 100% reliable. My understanding is that newer movies have encryptions in them that make it difficult to copy. Is it worth buying a program and hoping it works? Which one is best?
I see both sides of the story here. On one hand, I own a movie and I should be able to copy it, no? I’m not stealing. I just want to make sure my movie will last so I want a backup of it. I can copy CD’s, why not DVD’s?!?
On the other hand, what’s to stop someone from copying any movie they don’t own? And so what if my movie wears out? You don’t get lifetime guarantees on other items.
So what do you think? Should consumers be able to copy DVD’s they own? Can you see my argument for wanting to backup my kids’ movies? I’d love to hear your opinion!