How to Determine DVD Copy Protection

by Ian Moore

Piracy of movies has led to the enforcement and encryption of DVD copy protection technology. Copy protection prevents anyone from making a copy of the disc. The disc does not say in plain text that it is copy protected. Rather, it is embedded in the media as a code. The user must first try to make a copy of it. If it is indeed copy protected, a message will appear stating so. This is important to anyone who wants to find out if his or her DVDs are copy protected.

How to Determine DVD Copy Protection

Step 1

Make sure you have a DVD burner and DVD copying software. Roxio Creator Basic is a disc copying program that comes with all XP and Vista OS computers.

Step 2

Open Roxio by going to the Start menu and typing in "Creator Basic" in the search bar. Click on "Creator Basic."

Step 3

Insert a movie DVD into the disc tray. Click "copy disc."

Step 4

Click on the red button located at the bottom-right side to record the disc. If the movie is copy protected, you will see a message that says, "The disc you are trying to copy is copy protected. A copy of this disc may not be performed."

Click the "explain" button to understand further why the disc is copy protected.


  • Not all DVD movies are copy protected. Older DVDs may not have this protection.


  • DVDs are copy protected for a reason. Do not make unauthorized copies of copyrighted material.

Items you will need

  • DVD
  • DVD recorder
  • DVD recording software

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