Ranjeet has a really handy primer on burning DVD discs on Windows and Linux-based computers. Of course you could buy a Mac and make life even simpler.
bq. 321 Studios, the makers of DVD X-Copy recently lost a court case, blocking their software from stripping the copy protection from a DVD movie to make a backup. This might be so, but that isn’t going to stop most people from making backup copies of DVD’s or CD’s, additionally there are a whole host of open source freeware programs on the internet that allow one to do exactly what DVD X-Copy does and more, for free.