RealDVD software draws ire of MPAA


RealNetworks could be in a real jam. The MPAA sued the digital entertainment service Tuesday in Los Angeles federal court over its RealDVD software, which went on sale to the public on the same day.

The studios — including Fox, Sony, Disney, Paramount, Warner Bros. and Universal — claim that the software circumvents the copyright protections on DVDs, allowing users to make multiple copies and distribute them to others. The MPAA claims such software is a violation of the federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act and seeks a temporary restraining order to stop RealDVD from distributing the software.

Meanwhile, RealNetworks filed suit in federal court in Northern California, asking it to rule that Real is in full compliance with the DVD Copy Control Assn.'s license agreement.

When RealDVD was announced in early September, the studios appeared receptive to the idea, largely because of RealNetworks' claim that the software would leave Content Scramble System encryption intact and that it was targeting consumers with large DVD collections who were looking for a way to store and access purchased content without the hassle of "constantly removing and inserting new discs," the company said.

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