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Today Public Knowledge asked the Copyright Office to make it legal for people to crack DVD encryption in order to copy movies and TV shows they own on DVDs onto other devices they own. The Copyright Office can do this by granting a 3-year exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, better known as the DMCA.
Why is This Exception Necessary?
Most people are fairly comfortable with the idea of copying copyrighted works they own from one medium to another. This is sometimes called “space shifting” or “format shifting.” For example, this is what you do when you rip a CD in order to create .mp3 files to transfer to your iPod.