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Delta-Lawyer
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I hope this message finds you well. Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) it is legal to copy a DVD or movie if that copy will be used strictly for personal use. This falls under the long held Fair Use Doctrine.

 

Under the DMCA, it is illegal to copy a DVD or movie for commercial use, such as the sale or display of that particular copyrighted material.

 

Even if you are simply showing the material to others, but not giving it to them or selling it to them, you are likely completely safe (based on your description of facts) in doing what you are doing. As such, you are not violating the DMCA or other copyright laws.

 

Let me know if you have any additional questions or comments.

 

Best wishes going forward!

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