Re: [Videolib] Academics Get Exemption from DVD Copyright Law

Rick Faaberg (
Tue, 28 Nov 2006 22:35:17 -0800

On 11/28/06 8:05 AM "Hornbeck, Patty" <> sent this

> It's never been illegal to reproduce excerpts of copyrighted material for
> classroom use, but until now it's been illegal to circumvent the CSS
> protection on the DVDs. Now that we have the exemption, how do we handle the
> nuts and bolts of actually circumventing the CSS controls on the DVD in order
> to make the clips? Our technician doesn't know how yet...Any comments or
> advice would be welcome.

On a Mac, HandBrake (GPL) seems to do the job (ripping the audio/video to
file formats like mp4).

HandBrake 0.7.1


Rick Faaberg

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