MPAA and Hollywood Sue RealNetworks Over DVD-copying Software

Major film studios of US have sued the Seattle-based RealNetworks Inc., alleging the company for creating software that allows users to make copies of DVDs on their PCs.

RealNetworks claims that the copying software, tagged RealDVD, facilitates users in storing movies on their PCs and thereby minimizes various hassles related with DVD movies.

But a consortium of Hollywood’s major TV and film studios, led by Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), disagreed with the company’s claims and filed a lawsuit against it in US District Court in Los Angeles, seeking a temporary ban on the sale of the software.

MPAA charged RealNetworks for violating Digital Millennium Copyright Act and stated that the software “illegally circumvents” copyrights protection integrated in DVDs;

RealNetworks responded by saying that the software only allows users to store and play movies and it doesn’t enable them to distribute their copy of DVDs; in addition, the company also claimed that its technology doesn’t crack DVD encryption, but it adds an extra layer of encryption that locks the DVD to a specific computer.