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There have been conflicting rulings on the legality of software that circumvents copy protection schemes, whether for personal "fair use" or not. There have also been mixed messages sent by various organizations and copyright holders.

The bottom line is that there is not specific language in the statutes that says whether it is legal or illegal to make copies for archival or media changes. It is clear that copying for anything other than personal use is a target of copyright holders.

So we walk a fine line here, because we explicitly forbid discussion of illegal activities at HTS. This is fuzzy space, but beware, if the discussion seems to be promoting any activity that is either expressly illegal or has been deemed so by copyright holders, it will be removed.

That said, some organizations have said that they have no issue with copies made for personal use, e.g. RIAA.
 
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