In Canada, format shifting is explicitly allowed under the new copyright modernization act. I have a program and hardware that allow me to convert VHS tapes to digital copies.
From what I understand about owning movies, is that you buy a new movie, what you are actually purchasing is a license to view that movie on your own home, you never own the movie itself, because of the copyright.
I could take the time to convert all my VHS, but there's no guarantee it would be the same quality as when I first purchased it.
If you can only own a license to watch a movie in your home, and format shifting is not an infringement of copyright, then is it legal for someone to download digital copies of movies that they have already purchased a license to view in their homes in another format?