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    I'm looking into streaming media but really have just one question: can Streamed Movies/TV Episodes be PURCHASED and then ripped to DVD Media (plain DVD± media btw, not Blu-Ray)? Thanks!
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    No. You are only purchasing the right to watch the video as many times as you want while the service has it available. You don't own a copy.
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  3. Actually you can with Playon's Playlater. It's a DVR for streaming media. You will need other software to author the DVD such as AVS2DVD. Just note that it will encode into the video your registered name and ip address so you can't share it with anyone legally.
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    Depending on where you live, you may have the right to back up a DVD or other physical media that you own.

    But backing up streaming media is a normally a violation of copyright and our rules.
    You would need to read the agreement from the streaming source to see what limitations they have.
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    Rental and purchase are different
    Amazon sells digital downloads, once downloaded they can be watched offline no internet as often as you want
    However afaik they are encrypted to your device ID and cannot be transferred / converted to DVD
    You would needed to play the video and do a screen recording then convert that file to DVD
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    From Amazon:
    h. General Restrictions. You may not transfer, copy or display the Digital Content, except as permitted in this Agreement. In addition, you may not: (i) sell, rent, lease, distribute, or broadcast any right to the Digital Content to any third party; (ii) remove any proprietary notices or labels on the Digital Content; (iii) attempt to disable, bypass, modify, defeat, or otherwise circumvent any digital rights management system used as part of the Service; or, (iv) use the Service or Digital Content for any commercial or illegal purpose.
    It doesn't appear that making DVDs from one's downloaded purchases is something that Amazon allows, since DRM has to be removed or circumvented (by screen recording).
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    ^This agreement may not be valid, since it seems to contradict the doctrine of first sale. Digital goods are a tricky subject and Congress has not refined the law yet, but I believe the European Court of Justice has already ruled in favor of re-sale of digitally acquired licenses.

    But that is selling, not copying the legally downloaded material, and is an entirely different subject.

    There don't seem to be any exceptions to copying media that is distributed online, unless there is a specific clause in the contract you agree to when purchasing such downloads. I'm not aware of any site that allows this.
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    Yes. Streaming services prohibit DRM circumvention or removal whether they do what Amazon does (allows purchased content to be downloaded) or treat purchased content like Vimeo does for much of catalog (allows subscribers to watch purchased content as often as they like while subscribed to the service and the content remains in their catalog). Vimeo leaves downloading DRM free copies up to the seller.
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