It's macrovision copy protection. It's on the CD, in the dvd player circuit and in the vcr circuit. If you can find a really old vcr it won't have the macrovision circuit build in. If you hook the dvd player directly to a TV you won't have the problem. Search the internet for "macrovision" to see what's out there. There are dvd players available without the macrovision protection circuit, but they are expensive. The cheapest I have seen is $300.