The statement came from the EFF’s Fred von Lohman, commenting on the ruling, which says RealNetworks can’t sell its $30 RealDVD, created to allow consumers to make copies of DVDs they paid good money for.
“Although free DVD ripping software is readily available online, Real raised the hackles of Hollywood executives in 2008 because it paid for a license to the DVD Copy Control Association, believing that it could be interpreted to allow the services they wanted to provide,” says The Guardian, going on »»»
In her ruling, Judge Marilyn Hall Patel said that the complex meant that it was not illegal for consumers to copy their own DVDs just illegal to produce a program that allowed them to do so.
“While it may well be fair use for an individual consumer to store a backup copy of a personally-owned DVD on that individual’s computer, a federal law has nonetheless made it illegal to manufacture or traffic in a device or tool that permits a consumer to make such copies.”
The case was brought by the Motion Picture Association of America – the consortium representing Hollywood studios that has become notoriously litigious in the face of unauthorised downloading and online file sharing.
Von Lohmann is quoted as saying he expects Real to appeal the ruling.
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