RealNetworks files suit against movie studios over RealDVD

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RealDVD, though it has only been available for an hour or so, has already gotten the Hollywood movie studios upset about the “ramifications” it could have on the movie industry, according to TechCrunch.

According to a statement released by RealNetworks, the developers of the software, it has filed a lawsuit against the studios asking that the court rule that RealDVD “fully complies with the DVD Copy Control Association’s license agreement.” Those named as defendants include the DVD Copy Control Association, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox.

In their defense, they claim that the software “allows consumers to securely store, manage and play their DVDs on their computers” and that it “does not enable users to distribute copies of their DVDs.” It also adds that the software adds additional DRM over the movie’s DRM that only allows the movie to play on their own computer.

So, basically – Real is saying that they have added more DRM over the already present DRM in DVDs, while the movie studios are saying (and have been saying it for a long time) that ripping DVDs are wrong. Whatever the outcome, we, the consumers, are screwed!

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