In order to obtain a fantastic movie experience, people in nowadays are still chasing after DVDs which includes various latest movie resources. Actually, on one hand, DVDs can provide superior audio and video quality to you. But on the other hand, just as you know, DVDs are not easy to be kept and not available to be watched anywhere and anytime. Especially, movie enthusiasts may encounter that sometimes it is quite necessary to convert the DVD into some other digital video formats so as to load it into portal devices, like iPhone or iPad. Well, by doing this, you must be confused by a problem that is DVD ripping legal in the current society or can I rip a purchased DVD. In most cases, the answers can not be simply defined as Yes or No. We should say it depends, or it is only legal in limited instances. For the detailed information about this question, you can refer to the following discussion.

Part 1: Is it legal to rip a DVD?

First of all, let’s focus on the first question – Is it legal to rip a DVD? The most important aspect in evaluating this issue is based on the copyright. If the DVDs you owned are not copies of copyrighted works, and you have copied the DVDs and converted them into other video formats, then it is clear to say that this is completely legal. But in most cases, majority of the DVDs you can buy in the market are almost labeled in the type of copyright which means users are not allowed to sell and reproduce these DVDs without any proper business licenses or copyright permission from the original creators. In such circumstances, if you copy the DVDs and sell them to others which could be regarded as the commercial use, then DVD ripping of copyrighted works is considered illegal.

You may ask whether it is DVD ripping legal for personal use, such as rip the DVD and keep it on your personal computer or store it on your other portal devices. Concerning the personal use, unluckily, it is still illegal according to the related laws. However, the main purpose for the law to prohibit DVD ripping is to prevent the copyrights from being abused. If you are only to copy the DVD for some personal use, instead of violating the original creators’ copyrights, then you can say it is not really illegal.

Part 2: Can I rip a DVD of my own?

Next, you may ask can I rip a DVD of my own then? Since the answers are not definitive according to the above discussion and the laws and regulations in various countries, I will say in this way that you can rip a DVD of my own, but that does not mean you are doing a legal thing. After all, we are always breaking the law everyday even without knowing it. But remember what you must make sure that no one can “snoop” you when you are ripping a DVD of your own. And you will not probably get caught due to the personal use of a DVD.

Part 3: How to rip a DVD for personal use in an efficient way?

Since in some cases you are allowed to rip a DVD of your own for personal use, then you are available to rip a DVD in an efficient way and what you need is a powerful DVD ripping tool. Here I will recommend Leawo Blu-ray to MKV Converter to you. As a piece of powerful converting software, Leawo Blu-ray to MKV converter could help you to convert Blu-ray to MKV in 1:1 lossless quality with all original subtitles and audio tracks retained. The detailed steps are as follows.


Step 1. Download Leawo Blu-ray to MKV Converter and install it.

Step 2. Import the DVD on your computer to the program. You can click “Add Blu-ray/DVD” button at the top left of program interface or just drag the file directly to the main interface.

Step 3. Select the imported mode of DVD, including “Full Movie”, “Main Movie” and “Custom Mode”. Then click “OK” button to start importing the movie. “Full Movie” allows you to import all titles, and “Main Movie” only imports the longest title by default while you can freely choose titles under “Custom Mode”. Then click “OK” button to start importing the DVD file.

Step 4. Choose the subtitles and audio tracks. When the DVD has been imported, you can choose which subtitle and audio track you want to retain in the output MKV file.

Step 5. Click the green icon “Convert” at the top right corner of the main menu to start the conversion process. Before it starts, it will require you to choose the final “Save to” route.

Step 6. Click the icon “Convert” at the bottom to start the conversion process.

By referring to the above steps, you can easily rip the DVD to another digital format which will be more compatible with portable devices. Also, you can rip DVD with Leawo DVD Ripper, which is another professional DVD ripping tool. Is DVD ripping legal? This question may not have a definitive answer according to the current laws. Maybe in the future, more changes will be added and what you need to pay more attention is the copyright issue.