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September 30, 2008

Real Sues Over DVD Ripping Software

Real is suing DVD Copy Control Association and a number of high profile studios over its RealDVD software.  The suit seeks a declaratory judgment that the software is legal, using the DVD Copy Control Association v. Kaleidescape case as justification.  That California state trial case said that copying DVD content to a home server was legal because it did not break the copy protection, and hence the license issued by the DCCA.  Real's software operates under the same principle when users copy DVDs to computers and even adds a layer of copy protection to the copy. 

The press release with relevant links is here.  [MG]

Update:  The MPAA has filed its own suit against Real, calling the product StealDVD.  Cute.  The MPAA press release is here.

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