Just purchased the Philips DVDR985; I get the copy-protected warning once I attempt to copy copy-protected DVDs. The unit appears to be recording, but it is not. Is there a way to get the unit to record the copy-protected DVDs? If not, which stand-a-lone unit will?
That's why it's called copy protection. The contents of commercial DVD's are encrypted with CSS and usually Macrovision. While there is software to rip the DVD, i.e. decrypt it, you still have the problem that commercial DVD's contain more than 4.7 GB, as they're dual layer. You can extract the data and reauthor the DVD, but it won't be the same as the original in quality or content.
By the time you waste doing all this and burning it on multiple 4.7 GB DVD+-R's, you'd be better off buying previously viewed movies for $10 at your local video store.