US Court bans RealDVD

A US federal district court judge has handed a preliminary injunction to Hollywood studios, to prevent RealNetworks from selling its RealDVD product to US customers who want to copy DVDs using the software.

RealNetworks said it was unhappy with yesterday’s ruling in the federal district court of California. Movie giants brought a lawsuit against the digital software company in September 2008.

In May this year, RealNetworks filed an antitrust action against the major US studios. It claimed it had a legally obtained licence to use CSS decryption, and therefore its RealDVD copying software was not only legit, but attempts by the studios to block it amounted to antitrust.

However, the Hollywood studios in the case, including Disney, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Universal Studios, have complained that the software should be banned because it overlooks acceptable encryption methods and violates copyright law.

The Motion Picture Association of America and the DVD Copy Control Association (DVD CCA) have been supporting the studios’ allegations against RealNetworks.

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