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Pausing during the recording of DVD shouldn't really create any excess laser wear since writing to DVD is not continuous. During a pause, the buffer is holding the information to be written and the laser will simply await the next write cycle once the buffer is full.
Although I haven't tested it, a long pause during playback will probably trigger a built-in auto stop after a certain amount of time.