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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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.