Can I legally change my copyrighted VHS tapes that I purchased, to a DVD format if it would be for my personal use only?
Question Details: I have a lot of VHS tapes that I have purchased over the years. I was wondering if it is legal for me to put them on a DVD. I am planning to keep all the originals and I will only be using the DVDs for personal use.
Under federal copyright laws if you have VHS tapes in your possession and simply want to encrypt them onto a DVD format for your own personal use and not for resale or as a gift, then there us nothing improper for you to do so. The issue of copyright infringement arises when an item is copied and sold to the general public.
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