From a Similar Post in another Message Board:
The "Fair Use" clause of the U.S. & International Copyright
Laws stipulate that persons may copy television programming or make back ups of motion pictures they own for private and personal use. Under these laws, you are legally allowed to "hire" out the recording of these programs, and the service of backing up copies of movies you own.
"Treason doth never prosper, what's the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it treason."
Sir John Harrington (1561-1612)