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Duplicating CD's

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by scrapbook, Jan 14, 2004.

  1. scrapbook

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    I purchased a game for my daughter at xmas and quite fancy playing it myself..the only problem I don't want to spend another £40 on buying another copy.

    If I duplicate th disk will it work or are all games protected against this these days?
     
  2. Acecross

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    Unfortunatley, it is not always that simple and is also illegal.

    If the game is good then best to buy another copy or 'borrow' it from your daughter.
     
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    My children are just 3 and 4 yrs old and tend to destroy CD and DVD games/video discs fairly quickly.
    I copy the original CD/DVD to HDD, and mount the image to play the games in a virtual DVD drive:- Daemon Tools http://www.daemon-tools.cc/portal/portal.php while the original disc is stored safely away.

    CloneCD or Alcohol 120% can be used for this legitimate purpose of making a back-up copy of your original software.
     
  4. scrapbook

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    I know it is illegal...so is driving 31mph in a 30mph zone!

    Thanks Gab - very useful!
     
  5. Acecross

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    So why ask then? ;)
     
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    I thought if you owned a real copy, you were allowed to back it up
     
  7. graham.myers

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    I believe that rule is for the US only, here in the UK I *think* you're not allowed to do that.
     
  8. lynx

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    If you're referring to 'fair use', i believe it has no legal standing in the UK.
     
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    Indeed, in fact the Home Office explicitly eliminated the concept of making a legal backup when they implemented the recent European Copyright Directive .. unlike in Germany for example where their equivalent legislation permits that, but then makes it illegal to sell software that allows the making of such backups.
     
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    you ain't going to get prosecuted for making backups of your CD's....they're only interested if you're selling the copies and making a profit.
     

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