Extracting subtitles from DVD
Thread poster: SashaNa

SashaNa
Belgium
Oct 22, 2016

Dear all,

I would need to extract the subtitles (including time codes if possible) from a DVD. Does anyone have any experience with this (good software, legality, etc.)? A quick search on the internet gives me a ton of tips and tricks, but I have no idea what is decent and what is not, so any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

Kind regards,

Sasha


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Sylvano
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Illegal, I think Oct 22, 2016

I'd say ripping subtitles from a DVD is illegal.

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jbjb  Identity Verified
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rip Oct 22, 2016

You can use anything that works in your computer, like the classical SubRip (that has given a name to the format of ripped subtitles)
http://www.videohelp.com/software/Subrip

In any case you will be performing a theft of copyrighted material.


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Juan Jacob  Identity Verified
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As jbjb... Oct 22, 2016

...SubRip is OK and free.
Of course it'll extract Time Codes at the same time in .srt format.
Beware, SubRip will ask you: "What letter is this?"...take your time to answer for special caracters.
Then, it'll run fast.
About legality, it depends on what do you want to do with the subtitles.

[Editado a las 2016-10-22 17:33 GMT]


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Yes, it is. Oct 23, 2016

Sylvano wrote:

I'd say ripping subtitles from a DVD is illegal.


Unless the copyright holder is ordering this service, or gives his/her written permission.


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SashaNa
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Legal with references? Oct 23, 2016

The extracted subtitles would be used for research in an academic paper, so an extensive bibliography and referencing system would be used. Plus, it would be clearly indicated that the researcher has no rights to the subtitles or content on the DVD. Would that take care of the copyright issues?

[Edited at 2016-10-23 08:13 GMT]


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Sylvano
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Not sure at all Oct 23, 2016

I guess you would still have to ask for permission and get consent from the copyright owner...

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Copyright Oct 23, 2016

SashaNa wrote:

The extracted subtitles would be used for research in an academic paper, so an extensive bibliography and referencing system would be used. Plus, it would be clearly indicated that the researcher has no rights to the subtitles or content on the DVD. Would that take care of the copyright issues?

[Edited at 2016-10-23 08:13 GMT]


Well, somebody has produced the DVD and the subtitles. The purpose of these subtitles, what they will be used for, has little effect on the copyright. However, if the owner of the/all rights to the product surrenders these in writing, then this would eliminate the danger of any copyright infringements.


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Sylvano
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Maybe not that simple Oct 23, 2016

Thayenga wrote:

SashaNa wrote:

The extracted subtitles would be used for research in an academic paper, so an extensive bibliography and referencing system would be used. Plus, it would be clearly indicated that the researcher has no rights to the subtitles or content on the DVD. Would that take care of the copyright issues?

[Edited at 2016-10-23 08:13 GMT]


Well, somebody has produced the DVD and the subtitles. The purpose of these subtitles, what they will be used for, has little effect on the copyright.


Depends on where you are. In France, subtitles are considered as an "oeuvre" and the translator as an author. If you want to use, reproduce or modify my subs, you have to ask me permission to do so. It's the law. If you don't and I sue you, you could be condemned as a counterfeiter.


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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The law says it is Oct 24, 2016

Sylvano wrote:

Thayenga wrote:

SashaNa wrote:

The extracted subtitles would be used for research in an academic paper, so an extensive bibliography and referencing system would be used. Plus, it would be clearly indicated that the researcher has no rights to the subtitles or content on the DVD. Would that take care of the copyright issues?

[Edited at 2016-10-23 08:13 GMT]


Well, somebody has produced the DVD and the subtitles. The purpose of these subtitles, what they will be used for, has little effect on the copyright.


Depends on where you are. In France, subtitles are considered as an "oeuvre" and the translator as an author. If you want to use, reproduce or modify my subs, you have to ask me permission to do so. It's the law. If you don't and I sue you, you could be condemned as a counterfeiter.


Well, it is that simply... as I've said before. Now, this doesn't apply when you leave out the most important part of my answer in your reply.

Thayenga wrote:
However, if the owner of the/all rights to the product surrenders these in writing, then this would eliminate the danger of any copyright infringements.


As I stated above, no matter what you might wish to use any copyrighted material for, the purpose doesn't affect the copyrights of the author, but will infringe these rights if you don't obtain written permission prior to using it.

[Edited at 2016-10-24 08:44 GMT]


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Mark
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Fair use Oct 24, 2016

SashaNa wrote:

The extracted subtitles would be used for research in an academic paper

[Edited at 2016-10-23 08:13 GMT]
Sounds like fair use to me; there are restrictions on that in any case.


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