28 replies on How to make a backup copy of a protected disc (DVD or Blu-Ray)

  1. john3347 says:

    You didn’t mention the price of ANYDVD HD and whether the price is a one time purchase or if it is subscription. This does sound like a worthwhile application to have if the price is right and if one has even only a small collection of protected discs.

    To answer the question you propose here concerning copy protection; I do not feel that it is illegal and certainly not improper to make back-up copies for the purchaser’s personal use. Also,I can loan a friend my original disc of a movie, for instance, and they can watch the movie then return the disc to me. This is not illegal nor cheating anyone. It would be the same if you made a copy of a movie and gave (not sold) it to a friend and you and your friend never both played the movie at the same time. I would not consider that improper in any way either.

  2. Kent says:

    Try DVD Decrypter. It’s free and you don’t need ImgBurn after the DVD is decrypted.

  3. Big Dan says:

    DVD Shrink does an excellent job of backing up encrypted discs for free. http://www.dvdshrink.org/what_en.php

  4. Anonymous says:

    Copyright infringement is total BS!

    It’s interesting how intense copy protection or copy “prevention” is being pursued when it comes to multimedia. It’s silly! Copyrights have been around a very long time which has me wondering just who enforces copyrights when it comes to BOOKS!

    You can hardly find a public library or even a business office that doesn’t have a copy “machine” somewhere. Copy machines, a.k.a. “Xerox machines” are/were designed and developed exclusively for copying content of documents. And those “documents” often include books that explicitly say copyright right in them. So if you look at it from the perspective of the RIAA/MPAA you might be asking why have these machines in a library? (Are you starting to see a larger can or worms here?!)

    If the RIAA/MPAA and any other such entity wants to make a big deal out of copyright violation with regard to multimedia, you just have to wonder if they themselves haven’t been guilty of numerous violations in their own day to day business practices when it comes to books. Cause any time a person places a book face down on a copy machine and his the print/copy button they are doing exactly what the RIAA/MPAA are now saying a person can’t do with multimedia content! It’s nuts!!!

    Either back off with militant copyright enforcement or start enforcing the removal of copy machines in libraries and other public areas where a person is likely to copy copyrighted materials. (That’s what they did in the Soviet Union.)

  5. Jason says:

    @Big Dan – How did you get DVD Shrink to work on Win7?

    @Ciprian Adrian Rusen – Does AnyDVD HD get rid of DVD region codes? Also, does it work on Win7?


    • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      AnyDVD HD works on any version of Windows. You can see how AnyDVD HD works in the tutorial above.

  6. Lewis says:

    Thanks a million dude.
    I was having a hard time trying to backup my Insanity Workout DVDs.
    It really worked!!!
    Cheers from Brazil

  7. Dave says:

    Only thing is its 7.5 gig after you copy it. Then when i try to shrink it with dvd shrink, it can only see the file as being 2 MB. Thus the only way to copy it is with double size DVD.

  8. TonyL says:

    One problem. You can’t play the copy of your ISO DVD on a standard DVD player. It works fine on my PC, I guess this procedure is tended towards using a PC. My Vizio DVD player thinks it’s an update disc and naturally the update failed. So much for this. I’ll go on to try something since this procedure didn’t work.

  9. Peter Smith says:

    Thank you, it worked like a charm 🙂

  10. Frank says:

    I have a product from cyberlink software named power DVD. Do you know if AnyDVD HD will work with this application?

  11. Anonymous says:

    Works for me. Thank you for this guide!

  12. brittlesnc says:

    The AnyDVD worked to decrypt the copy protected DVD but I still can’t burn a playable DVD…

    My 1st attempt using ImgBurn to burn the image to blank DVD “supposedly” was successful but then when I tried to play the burned DVD in my laptop it couldn’t read the disc…

    But my attempts at using ImgBurn after that I wasn’t even able to get as far as the 1st attempt and now all I get is error messages…

    What am I doing wrong?

  13. worked well says:

    Worked well – needed to create some images for owned dvd’s as my new laptop doesnt have an optical drive and I dont want to go to the hassle of media plus an external.

  14. dave says:

    I have bought numerous copies of a particular flight sim.
    having to put a disk in is a pain and if you have it on a ext HDD as well and push the wrong button you are up there without a paddle.we are not all computer guru s especially 75 and not in the industry

  15. Amber says:

    Does not work on “protected content” movies as u said it does

  16. Sharon says:

    Thank you so much for the information. I always try to back up a copy of cd/dvd that I purchase so that I can keep the original in good condition. I’ve had to purchases several copies of some because of wear, which can be expensive. This will be a great help.

    • Daniel says:

      The same as me. I used to look for the copier but most of them were paid. ImgBurn opens my new world. It’s powerful, it’s easy to use, and most importantly it’s completely free. A net friend once suggested free wonderfox DVD ripper to me. This is also a software similar to ImgBurn. Very practical! Thank you

  17. alan says:

    no I dont consider making a back up for my own use illegal. i have paid for it, dvds scratch so easily, and why should i buy it twice? there is nowhere i can go online and just buy exactly the title i want and download in mp4 anyway. i dont want to be messing around at bedtime popping dvds in and out of dvd drives, i want all my stuff on my 1 tb hdd where it is so fast to flick from one movie to the next without having to get out of bed…..lazy me, but hey i don’t care if you don’t like that, that’s your opinion and this is mine.

  18. Joanne says:

    Does this method actually remove the encryption or “protection software” or circumvent it? I think making copies of items one already owns for personal use should not be illegal.

  19. Christina Anon says:

    When you purchase a dvd it is your right to do with it what you like. Use it as a frisby or back it up. I had a four disc dvd’s movies that were collectors item stolen from me.by my partner when we seperated. If I had of made a backup of them I would not have had to re-purchase them. Luckily I was still able to get the movie as it is rare and hard to find.

  20. Martin says:

    Thanks for the guide! 🙂

  21. Rebecca says:

    I tried a bunch of different programs before stumbling upon your website. This method works like magic, and there is absolutely no compression or reduction in quality! Thank you so much!

  22. Cyrus Brown says:

    This does not work for me. Copy protected discs are still copy protected when I use AnyDVD. I’ve been through the page a number of times but I’ve downloaded AnyDVD, it’s running. It does nothing to the copy status even though it says it’s removed it. When I try to copy – protected.

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