RealNetworks’ RealDVD product has been ordered to stay shut down until RealNetworks failed to convince a district judge to allow the company to start selling its “legal” way of ripping DVDs on your computer, and may review it again until she learns the functions of the software from experts, including those from the district court.
This means that RealDVD will not reappear in the consumer market for more than one month, and it may go longer during the trial. US District Judge Marilyn Patel has indicated that she would not be available to make another hearing until November 17.
Following the three-hour trial, Patel questioned its violation on copyright, saying “There are serious questions about copyright violations. There are questions about violations of the (Digital Millennium Copyright Act), and violations of these companies’ agreement.”