Hollywood to block RealNetworks DVD copying software

2008-10-01 04:33:23 (GMT) (Caymanmama.com - Technology Top Stories News)

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DVD Copying by RealNetworks

Phoenix, Arizona (CaymanMama.com) — The sale of DVD’s and the entire movie-making industry has suffered as a result of pirating and DVD copying forcing movie makers to crack down on those who may try to buy and sell movies without every paying a dime.

According to a recent report by the Associated Press, Hollywood’s six major movie studios are planning to put their threats into action by suing RealNetworks Inc. in order to prevent the company from distributing DVD copying software.

An individual who is close to the matter, who requested anonymity because the suit had not yet been filed, informed the Associated Press the the studio giants will request a temporary restraining order in federal court.

On Tuesday, RealNetworks Inc. launched a program selling for $30 called RealDVD that copies DVDs to PC’s or or portable hard drives. The Hollywood studios claim that the software illegally bypasses the DVDs built-in copyright protection. The plaintiffs of the suit are projected to include Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, Walt Disney, and Warner Bros.

“Real has said its software enables DVDs to be copied onto up to five computers and does not alter the encryption technology on the disc that is meant to prevent wide-scale piracy.”

The lawsuits set forth by the Motion Picture Association of America sets forth a critical question: is it legal to copy an encrypted DVD for personal use? The federal court has not decided the issue as applied to CDs or DVDs, although the music and movie industry are vehemently opposed to copying.

Reporter; Ryan Anderson - Duplium - DVD Duplication  Manufacturing DVD Replication

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