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VHS backups on DVD

I just purchased a VCR/DVD recorder so that I could transfer my VHS tapes to DVD. About 60 % of them bring up a message that says that the VHS tape is copywritten. According to the Fair Use Law one is allowed to copy videotapes that you already own. You can only make copies for yourself. You may not copy videotapes which you do not own. So, my question is...how are these VHS tapes to be backed up on DVD? Is there something else that needs to be purchased?

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Your VCR will NOT copy any commercialy published tapes to DVD disks. There is a protection built in to every sync line of the video on the VCR tapes. This is known as MacroVision protection.

The machine that you bought has been designed to block anything with MacroVision, and anything with any other industry standard copy protections. The codes for this are permanently burned in to the main uPC of the machine.

The publishers of the tapes do not know who is copying for what purpose, and how many are being copied. Under copyright laws they have the right to to take whatever action necessary to protect all their publications.


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