MPAA: It Would Be Against Consumers’ Interests to Back up DVDs

Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Virginia) has introduced a bill that would amend the DMCA to explicitly allow consumers to do things like make backup copies of DVDs. But Fritz Attaway, executive vice president of the Motion Picture Association of America says it would not be in the best interests of consumers to make backup copies of DVDs,

There is no right in the copyright law to make backup copies of motion pictures, so the whole argument that people should have the right to make backup copies of DVDs has no legal support whatsoever.

It’s against consumers’ interests to permit devices that make backup copies because there is no way that a device can distinguish between a backup copy for personal use and making a copy for friends, family acquaintances or even selling on the street corner.

Apparently it is in consumers’ best interests to have to buy additional copies of a DVD if the original refuses to play.


Recordable DVDs New Target of Hollywood. Liza Porteus, Fox News, May 10, 2004.

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