Paris appeals court prohibits DVD copying


PARIS -- Paris' Court of Appeal has declared it illegal to copy to DVDs, French video syndicate the SEV said Thursday.

The court ruled that a "right to copy" doesn't exist for the DVD format. "This ruling is in accordance with the international and European norms of copyright that determine the judicial nature of the exception of private copy," the SEV said in a statement. The Paris Court of Appeal had declared the practice legal in April of 2005, then the SEV, along with Universal Pictures Video and StudioCanal, appealed to a higher court and the decision was annulled in February 2006.

It is now illegal in France to purchase a DVD then copy the material to a blank disc without permission from the DVD's distributor.