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to want to download "Cars" illegally as DS has scratched his copy again???

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fedupandisolated Wed 17-Sep-08 13:23:44

Okay - I know I am BU here but God am sick of bloody DVDs getting scratched so easily and then not playing.

Will NOT be downloading illegally but am so tempted.

DS is not getting another copy until he learns to handle the discs with some respect.

SoupDragon Wed 17-Sep-08 13:24:44

Have you tried those disk mending kits?

2beornot2be Wed 17-Sep-08 13:25:03

Go to and download it there its very safe I am sure its not an illegal site

StormInanEcup Wed 17-Sep-08 13:25:55

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tamarto Wed 17-Sep-08 13:26:03

Take it to game and get them to fix the scratch, it only costs two or three pounds, they can work miracles.

MmeLindt Wed 17-Sep-08 13:26:12

I always get my friend to copy the disc when we get it and then put the copy in the original case. The real DVD is then hidden so that DS cannot get his grubby mitts on it.

Learnt from bitter experience.

fedupandisolated Wed 17-Sep-08 13:30:58

Good suggestions here folks.

Talking at school gates this morning several Mums confessed (if that's the right word) to downloading ALL their music illegally. shock And there's me paying £7.99 (or whatever it is) to bloody iTunes.

fedupandisolated Wed 17-Sep-08 14:09:07 rocks - and it's legal. Fantastic 2beornot2be - many thanks.

SaintGeorge Wed 17-Sep-08 14:17:19

The site is legal in itself.

Downloading videos from there is not.

A small but rather important technical point.

lou031205 Wed 17-Sep-08 14:49:18

It is illegal to download a copy. You don't say how old he is, but losing Cars may teach him a good lesson.

onager Wed 17-Sep-08 14:56:13

The legal side of downloading a copy of something you have is a bit murky. You buy the CD it came on, but mostly you are paying for the right to use the program. Which is still your right even if the CD got scratched.

If you were amazingly unlucky and got accused of piracy (nearly as unlikely as winning the lottery) then that would be inconvenient, but I'm quite sure that they would drop it rather than argue that one in court.

mayorquimby Wed 17-Sep-08 14:56:39

i always thought that once you paid for the original you were entitled to download copies of the movie for personal use/back ups.
am i completely wrong?

TheHedgeWitch Wed 17-Sep-08 15:04:06

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Umlellala Wed 17-Sep-08 15:06:11

Dh downloaded some software which 'fixed' the scratches on (just about all) our DVDs. They are now saved on computer as AVI files so much easier anyway...

mustsleep Wed 17-Sep-08 15:06:58

i thought you could copy it if for your own use and you weren't planning on selling it

cupsoftea Wed 17-Sep-08 15:07:15


Flibbertyjibbet Wed 17-Sep-08 15:15:47

I bought Cars from a 'reputable' 100% positive seller on ebay. Turned out to be one of those very good fakes with hologram and everything.
Only when I compared it to a friends copy did I realise the colours were slightly dull on the cover and also when it plays.
I was sooooo pissed off as I don't download anything illegally and don't buy counterfeits.
I had already given good feedback before I realised.

Cupoftea I hope that you are not suggesting the OP buys an illegal copy from ebay?

How do I make copies anyway while we are on the subject? I know I should do it for back up but have no idea what to do.

cupsoftea Wed 17-Sep-08 15:16:38

goodness - not an illegal copy but a used proper copy.

Flibbertyjibbet Wed 17-Sep-08 15:24:54

Cupsoftea - thought so, but as my experience shows, with ebay you just can't tell.

LazyLinePainterJane Wed 17-Sep-08 15:26:26

You could have copied it, and kept it for your personal use. Providing you kept the original disc, there would be no issue.

I don't think they scratch easily, not to the point of not don't let children use them.

You can make a copy with your PC, you need a program such as Nero, or another and you select "disc copy" and then put another in after it has copied the data, which will write the data to the new disc.

AnarchyAunt Wed 17-Sep-08 15:36:39

How old is he?

TBH I'd tell him he can't put the DVDs on himself anymore - he has to ask an adult to do it for him and if they are busy he has to wait. I wouldn't get another copy (by any means). DD (5.6) is not allowed to use the TV or DVD/video players or to handle discs/videos. I do it for her.

christywhisty Wed 17-Sep-08 16:23:55

With Anarchy Aunt I wouldn't buy another copy eitherif they don't look after them. They only get scratched if they are not put back in the case and left lying around.

fedupandisolated Wed 17-Sep-08 20:21:49

No - not buying him another copy and not downloading one illegally either.

The site is fab but am gathering it's not actually legal to download anything.

How do I know this?

1. StGeorge told me so above.
2. Downloaded Mamma Mia to discover it had evidently been filmed from the back of a cinema somewhere hmm.

Thought it sounded too good to be true. Have now deleted it.

TequilaMockinBird Wed 17-Sep-08 20:35:04

Have you tried getting the scratches out with Brasso or that wax/polish stuff which takes scratches out of car paintwork (can't remember the name of it!)

Be careful not to polish them in a circular motion though - you need to polish in straight strokes from the centre out!

TequilaMockinBird Wed 17-Sep-08 20:38:20

Apparently toothpaste works too!

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