RealNetworks to Appeal Ruling on RealDVD Injunction

Manufacturer seeks permission to sell DVD-ripping software while bigger cases head to court.

Julie Jacobson · October 11, 2009

RealNetworks cannot sell its $30 RealDVD ripping software until the legality of the software is determined by the courts. That was the ruling made by U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Patel in August, when she upheld an earlier court’s preliminary injunction against sales of RealDVD.

Now Real is appealing that decision, according to CNET.

Real is being sued by the DVD Copy Control Association (DVD CCA), for breach of contract. The DVD CCA claims that it is a violation of its licensing agreement to make products that enable the copying of encrypted DVDs—even if the copies are made bit-for-bit, i.e., if the decryption “wrapper” remains intact.

A similar lawsuit was filed by the DVD CCA against Kaleidescape, another manufacturer of DVD-archiving products (See: “Latest on the Legal Front”).

Real (but not Kaleidescape) also is being sued by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which claims RealDVD violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Under the auspices of the MPAA, the studios claim that RealDVD circumvents measures that protect copyrighted titles – a violation of the Act.

While these broader issues probably won’t be resolved for quite some time, Real wants permission for now to sell RealDVD, i.e., to have Patel’s decision overturned.

[Via CNET]

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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at

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