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[_] Bitorrenting (Was OT : Converting DVDs to DivX on Mac)

Jason Nevin jason_nevin at
Fri Feb 5 09:43:58 GMT 2010

I don't think that there is any doubt that converting files in this way breaks the copyright. But by doing it in the privacy of your own home it is very unlikely that it will become an issue. By downloading the files from an outside source you are likely to attract the attention of the authorities.

Btw, I'm using the software you suggested but it doesn't seem to have an AVI option. Not too much of an issue with Frontrow but all my other films are AVI. Am I missing something?

From: Stewart Smith <Stewart.Smith at>
To: underscore at
Sent: Fri, 5 February, 2010 9:13:56
Subject: Re: [_] Bitorrenting (Was OT : Converting DVDs to DivX on Mac)

This is something I've been thinking about. If I already own a DVD/Bluray disk but want it as an Avi/mp4 so I can play it on my PS3/iPhone etc, is it acceptable to download a copy from the internet. I'm pretty sure this would still be considered illegal but at the same time I think (anyone who chose to) would struggle to prosecute you if you could demonstrate that you'd already paid for it in another format. Clearly, lining up a queue of 100 titles in a torrenting application would be significantly quicker and less time consuming that a 1 by 1 conversion.