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Error 0x80030309 : Copy Protection Error


Scenario : You recently bought a DVD and want to copy it to your PC cos you want a backup BUT you are unable to copy the contents as you keep getting the Error : “Error 0x80030309 : Copy Protection Error”. What do you do ??

Solution : This is a very common Error you get when you try to copy contents of a Copyrighted DVD. It is because of a Method called Content Scramble System (CSS) which is used to encrypt the DVD’s to prevent their contents from being copied.


A little History, CSS is a Digital Rights Management (DRM) system employed on almost all commercially produced DVD-Video discs and was developed primarily by Matsushita and Toshiba, introduced in 1996. CSS utilizes a proprietary 40-bit stream cipher algorithm. However, in October 1999, the CSS algorithm was cracked and posted on the Internet, triggering endless controversies and legal battles

Not much has changed since that time as the manufacturers of DVD players and the producers of DVDs have to maintain compatibility with the vast amount of material released and changing and adding to this encryption scheme would render a lot of current titles unplayable. The computer program capable of decrypting content on a commercially produced DVD video disc is called DeCSS

Enough Jibber – Jabber, I own the DVD and i want a Backup….what do i do ?? OK, To the point…to do so we are going to use a freeware Software called ” DVD Shrink See Wikipedia Link here ]

DVD Shrink is a free software application that allows you to backup your DVD disks.You can use this software in conjunction with DVD burning software of your choice, to make a backup copy of any DVD video disk. Do note that DVD Shrink does not burn DVDs! The output from DVD Shrink is saved as files on your hard drive, which you can then burn to a DVD-R using separate burning software, such as the software provided with your DVD-R drive.

DVD Shrink is very useful because normally most DVD’s prevent you from making copies either by encryption(CSS) or making it so large that they are hard to fit on onto a single recordable DVD-R disk.

DVD Shrink overcomes these problems with built-in decryption algorithms(DeCSS) and by modifying or “shrinking” the data from your original DVD. (In my Experiment, it reduced 7.2GB  to 4.35GB in about 22 minutes, of course half of it was the encryption data but still it counts!!! )

And did i mention that it was FREEEE!!

Download DVD Shrink 3.2.0.15 ]

  1. David Madison
    September 1, 2011 at 1:13 am

    I have used DVD Shrink a number of times, but now it is getting hung up. It says there is a Copy Protection Encription Error. Then when I tried to just copy the files from the DVD, I getr the same error message with the number 0x80030309. Something has changed, so I am unable to copy my DVD’s.

    • September 1, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      Hey David….i used DVD Shrink yesterday….it worked fine….are you sure you have not got the wrong version ?? maybe it does not support your OS version….provide some details pls…..a screenshot if possible…

  2. January 4, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    I used it today and it works. Thanks Obin

    • January 4, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      hey maxali…Glad it worked for you….:)

  3. Lee
    January 20, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Tahnk you so much..i just tried and its worked perfect..I had dvd and was heavily protected..followed obins comment and managed to copy my DVD and top of that i can copy any songs from copied folder..its just great..thank you so much..please see link below for software DVD shrink i used to shrink my DVD..i m using Windows& and its works fine..Thanx obin…
    http://dvd-shrink.en.softonic.com/

    • January 21, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Hey lee…you are welcome….glad it worked for you!!!!🙂

  4. July 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Works just fine – great to use if you did not have time to watch the dvd you hired

  5. S.Dinesh Kumar
    December 20, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Fanastic Works – good software

    • December 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Thank you!!!🙂

  6. Amos
    August 3, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    hello my friend… thank you very much… this is awesome… it relly help as I am trying to copy dvds and take them with me on an external hard drive that would make life much much easier not?
    Just a question…. Do you know if I can compress somehow so much that I will only use 1 or 2 gb space? that would be ever awesomer ;D
    Thanks for the help!

  7. SURESH BABU
    January 13, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    This software is working very good…… Thank you guys…………………….

  8. Katie
    March 8, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    how do you put it on a flash drive after you use this product?

  9. fabp@libero.it
    May 28, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    i’m trying this program….i have to back up the files on dvd? how it works..?
    i ‘m not sure.. if i’m doing the right thing. thanks a lot…anyway to suggest me..the program….hope i can use it properly

  10. Magnus
    December 23, 2015 at 1:29 am

    This is the best since sliced bread!!!! Thanks!!

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