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Court Temporarily Bans RealNetworks From Selling RealDVD

RealNetworks says it will "continue to work diligently to provide you with software that allows you to make a legal copy of your DVDs."


Steve Crowe · October 6, 2008

A judge has temporarily banned sales of RealNetworks’ RealDVD, Electronista is reporting.

The temporary ban lasts until Tuesday to give the judge a chance to review filings made by six major movie studios to decide if the ban should be extended.

RealNetworks had this case moved to a Northern District of California court from a Central District court, where the movie studios operate.

Here is a statement from the company Web site:

Due to recent legal action taken by the Hollywood movie studios against us, RealDVD is temporarily unavailable. Rest assured, we will continue to work diligently to provide you with software that allows you to make a legal copy of your DVDs for your own use.

RealNetworks faced legal issues as soon as RealDVD became available last Tuesday. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) recently filed a lawsuit asking for a temporary restraining order against RealDVD, saying “RealNetworks’ RealDVD should be called StealDVD.”

RealNetworks has filed a suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, asking the court to rule that RealDVD “fully complies with the DVD Copy Control Association’s license agreement.”

RealNetworks’ RealDVD is a PC application that lets consumers copy their DVDs — with encryption intact — to a hard drive.



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