p2pnet news view | MPAA News:- RealNetworks, formerly just another corporation trying to exploit the online music phenomenon, has now taken on the interesting aspect of underdog with Hollywood doing its best to whip it into submission, just as the major movie studios are trying to do with their own customers.
Hollywood’s six major movie studios are panicking, p2pnet posted last week, going on:
“Time Warner, Viacom, Fox, Sony, NBC Universal and Disney have suddenly realised it’s possible for people to rent movies and then (shudder) copy them!
“Say it ain’t SO!
“But it is so and on the receiving end of the studios’ wrath aren’t the P2P file sharing networks, this time. Instead, RealNetworks, the corporation which for years has been trying to cash in on the online music scene, is bearing the brunt.
“Real, whose software in the past has suffered from a number of critical security problems, is being sued by Hollywood enforcement agency the MPAA.”
Real tried to tough it out but it seems the ever-greedy studios are determined to boot it out of the way.
RealNetworks on yesterday, “failed to convince a district judge to lift a restraining order and allow the company to start selling RealDVD again until she learns from experts, including the court’s, how the software functions,” says CNET News.
“That means RealDVD, which enables users to copy a DVD and store it on their hard drive, is unlikely to reappear in the marketplace for at least another month and perhaps longer,” says the story.
“I am extending the temporary restraining order because I’m not satisfied in the fact that this technology is not in violation,” it has US district judge Marilyn Patel saying.
She also, “chided RealNetworks for ‘rushing to market’ before deciding the issues in court first, as the MPAA had suggested they do.”
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