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DVD Copy Protection Guide: Top 7 DVD Encryption Methods and Rip Protected DVD

"I'm so fascinated by Disney animated film and I want to make digital copies for all latest Disney movies. However, it doesn't work when I rip DVD Inside Out with several common DVD rippers. Some experienced movie lovers told me that the cause of the failure may be Disney DVD copy protection - Disney X-project protection. What is this? How to remove a copyright from a DVD or how to break copy protected DVD?"

In daily life, you have chance to touch upon DVD copy encryption as long as you have requirements to rip/copy commercial movie DVDs for long-term storage, playback on the move or even recreating personal video. Then, how much do you know about DVD copyright schemes?

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Part One: What is DVD Copy Protection/What is a Copy Protected DVD?

Undoubtedly, many people still have no clear understanding of the technologies to protect a DVD. Now, we will explain it for you in detail.

DVD copy protection stands for all kinds of restrictions imposed on the DVDs including DRM, Dummy Files, illegal tables of contents, over-sizing, physical errors and bad sectors. Normally, breaking compliance with DVD standards, encryption method is applied to keep commercial DVDs away from piracy. That is to say, copy-protected DVDs can't be faked or copied eaily and will cause some playback problems on some devices. See is it legal to rip DVDs

Part Two: Top 7 Typical DVD Copy Protection Types

What is are the technologes used for preventing usres copying DVDs now? To obtain the maximum market profit in certain countries and regions, DVD distributor will adopt the specific DVD copyright schemes to encrypt its forthcoming DVD. Hence, there are many different technologies, i.e., DVD CSS, DVD Region Code, Sony ArccOS, UOPs, Disney X-project protection, The Analog Protection Systems (APS), Burst Cutting Area, DVD-Cops and more. Next, we will begin to explore top 7 DVD encryption methods together with you.

Disney X-project protection copy protection

1 Disney X-project protection

Disney X-project protection, also called Disney new DVD copy protection, is a new X-protection schems adopted by Disney company for making people unable to decrypt or copy new Disney DVDs. Generally, each Disney copy-encrypted DVD has 99 titles that can lead the ordinary DVD ripping program to fail since they cannot judge the correct one. Thus, users should figure out the right DVD ripper for Mac/PC to rip/copy new DVD movies from Disney (Inside Out, Zootopia, The Jungle Book, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange and more.)

The four major features of Disney DRM measure:
A. DVD appears with 99 titles and owns 40 GB+ larger movie size;
B. Usual dvd ripper continuously pops up error notice or even directly crash in the process of decoding and only some excellent DVD decrypters like MacX DVD Ripper Pro can rip it;
C. DVD can't be successfully play on DVD player which is not compliance with protected DVDs;
D. The transcoded video has no sound, mixed up or with different lengths.

DVD Region Code

2DVD Region Code

DVD Region Code, a digital rights management technique, helps film distridutors to manage aspects of DVD release according to region including release date, price and content. This DVD DRM method's realization depends on region-locked DVD players that only play back DVDs encoded to their region. In addition to controlling release date, one of the most important purposes of using DVD Region Code DVD copyright protection tech is dissuading importing of DVDs from one region into another. >>> How to Remove Region Code from Protected DVD

3The Analog Proetection Systems (APS)

Also known as Copyguard, The Analog Protection System is a DVD copy protection system. After ripping APS encrypted DVD, users will find that the converted DVD becomes garbled and unwatchable. APS

4ARccOS DVD copyright protection

ARccOS is the abbreviation of Advanced Regional Copy Control Operating Solution, which is a copyright scheme developed by Sony and applies to prevent DVD copying. This CSS system will deliberately create corrupted sectors (bad sector) on the DVD, which will lead copying software to produce errors. BTW, the corrupted sectors are in a particular place of the disc that most DVD copy software Mac will access.

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5DVD encryption method - CSS

Actually, the full name of CSS is The Content Scramble System that is a digital rights management (DRM) and encryption system. CSS is only one of several complementary systems and has been superseded by newer DRM schemes like CPRM, AES and AACS. Certainly, they offer a higher level of security than CSS.

6User operation prohibition (UOP)

Another vital copyright protection of DVD: UOP, is a form of use restriction used on DVD discs and Blue-ray discs. Most of DVD players prohibit the viewers from performing a large majority of actions during sections of a DVD. In addition, it will display some warnings about corresponding effect if they try to do so, for instance, an FBI warning in the United States, protected commercials, etc. 

7Burst Cutting Area (BCA)

Burst Cutting Area refers to the circular area near the center of a DVD, where a barcode can be written like ID codes, manufacturing information, and serial numbers. This peculiar DVD copy protection method cannot be written by general DVD rippers such that it can be regarded as a tamper-proof means of identifying individual discs. To bypass all these DVD copy protection techs and copy DVD to hard drive/computer, free download the best DVD ripper for Mac OS/Windows below.

Part Three: How to Remove/Break/Erase Protection of DVD While Copying

To erase DVD copy encryption, you need a powerful DVD ripping tool like MacX DVD Ripper Pro. This DVD ripper for Mac can easily decrypt copy protected DVD to MP4, MOV, M4V, FLV, AVI, MP3 and more video/audio formats by breaking all kinds of DVD copy DRM techs including DVD CSS, Region Code, RCE, Sony ArccOS, UOPs, Disney X-project protection and so on. What's more, with 350+ preset profiles, this DVD decrypter Mac also allows users to freely copy DVDs with protection to many latest mobile devices for playback on the move, for example, iPhone X/8/7/SE6s/6s Plus/6/5s/5, iPad Air/Air 2, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note 8/7/S9/8/7/S6 Edge +, Google New Nexus 7, Xperia Z5, WP8, Xbox, Zune, PSP, PS4, MP3 player, etc. 5X faster speed and zero quality loss.

Guide on How to Rip Copy Protected DVD on Mac/PC

Before following the below steps to copy copyrighted DVD, you should download the best protected DVD ripper for Mac (Mojave/Yosemite/El Capitan). And if you are a Windows user, you can turn to Windows (10) version. We make Disney DVD copy protection removel as an example.

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Step One: Load DVD Movie and Select the Correct Title Number.
Launch Mac DVD decrypter and insert the Disney DVD disc. You can load from DVD driver by clicking "DVD Disc" or from DVD folder (DVD ISO image file).
Tips: This Mac DVD ripping software can automatically select the correct title. If not, you can play the DVD movie with DVD player software, check the DVD title and record the title number. After launched DVD copyright protection removal software, find the title number you've recorded and tick it.

Step Two: Choose Output Format.
Select the video formats and portable devices as you need, such as MP4, FLV, AVI, MPEG, MOV, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Samsung, HTC, WP8, Surface, etc.

Step Three: Select Destination Folder.
Click the "Browse" button to specify an output folder on your computer to save the output files.

Step Four: Start Ripping Disney DVD.
Click the "RUN" button to start removing Disney DVD copy protection.

Step Five (Optinal): To watch copyrighted DVD on iPhone iPad etc, MacX MediaTrans, a feature-rich file transfer & manager tool, lets you quickly transfer DVDs with copy restrictions to iPhone iPad with no file size limits. The iTunes alternative Mac can free up iPhone iPad iPod mobiles space in a click at the same time by exporting or batch deleting unwanted data.

Is it legal to unlock copy protection from DVD?

Many people concern that they will be caught if they use DVD copyright protection software to get past DVD copy encryption. According to DMCA's statement (No person shall, without the authority of the copyright owner or the law intentionally remove or alter any copyright management information), it is obvious that it is illegal to rip copy a protected DVD for sharing with others. But, it doesn't mean that you can't convert DVD to MP4, or USB, hard drive, or copy protected DVD on Mac computers/PC, and to other video formats with copyright protection for personal use. You still can store the decrypted DVD on your computer/portable devices for replaying at any time. Moreover, different countries have different copyrigth laws, you just need obey your local laws when you copy DVD on Mac/Win.

Notice: We only advocate copying and ripping DVDs under the concept of Fair Use and don't encourage any illegal reproduction or distribution of copyrighted content. Please abide by the local DVD copyright law before doing it.

Author: Bella Brown | Updated on Dec. 5, 2018

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