A month or so ago Download Squad linked to DVDFab, a program that lets you rip DVDs to your hard drive.
To burn or not to burn? That is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the absence of your DVD collection on your hard drive, or to take arms against those who poison your collection with various “protections,” and by opposing end them.
If you side with the latter camp, then you’ll be interested in DVDFab HD Decrypter, a free program for Windows that copies an entire DVD movie to your hard drive, and removes all the protections (CSS, RC, RCE, APS, UOPs and Sony ARccOS) while copying. The program also provides full HD-DVD and Blu-Ray support (hence the “HD” in the name).
As is usually the case, the comments section of that posting provides some good alternatives.