RealDVD temporarily shut down as it goes to court against Hollywood

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RealNetworks’ RealDVD has been temporarily shut down until Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT), after a court order so the judge can review all the papers filed from Real’s lawsuit against the motion picture studios. A visit to the site will now feature a message from the company saying “RealDVD is currently unavailable.”

“Due to recent legal action taken by the Hollywood movie studios against us, RealDVD is temporarily unavailable. Rest assured, we will continue to work diligently to provide you with software that allows you to make a legal copy of your DVDs for your own use,” the company posted on the homepage.

The software allowed users to make personal copies of DVDs, by keeping the original DRM intact, but also added more DRM to make sure that pirates won’t use the software to distribute the film over the web. After bringing out the software, less than an hour later, Real sued the Hollywood movie studios, who then counter-sued Real.

Yesterday, however, saw Real score a small victory by having the case moved from Central District Court of California in L.A. to a Northern District court, according to NewTeeVee. Real hopes that this would give them a more favourable setting to argue their case.

Now, we have to wait and see if RealDVD blocked for an extended period of time on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT).