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tspaghetti writes: I'm an IT Support tech at a school district in Maine, and we're running into a problem with old VHS tapes. As time goes on, more and more of them are deteriorating and ultimately failing. Many older educational VHS titles aren't available on DVD, so purchasing new digital copies is out of the question. Adding to the complexity is the fact that the individual teachers, not the schools, own many of the VHS tapes in question. Is there any way to legally preserve these tapes, either through conversion to DVD or some other way?
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  • IANAL, but unless you have to circumvent copy protections to do it (which would be a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act), it's generally legal to "format shift []" content (especially in the 9th Circuit, under the RIAA Vs. Diamond Rio [] case).

    • While you may be (and most likely) are correct, the first part of your statement says the most important part of this. "IANAL". He's asking for legal advice, from a group who's background is not legal matters. As I have seen occasionally posted, an actual legal professional may post, and their advice is "This does not constitute legal advice. Please consult with a local attorney".

      The law is the law, carved in stone, and never changing. Until you change jurisdiction, or eve

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