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August 13, 2009


Guardian, UK - American software company Real Networks has been banned from selling a program that lets people make copies of their DVDs, in a US court decision that could have far-reaching implications. After a year-long case over the legality of the company's RealDVD software, a district court in San Francisco ruled that Real had violated America's copyright laws and granted a preliminary injunction against Real to prevent it selling the program. The ruling stops Real from selling RealDVD, a piece of software that allows to make back-up copies of their movie discs and save them to their computer. . . 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.


Blogger Dave said...

Huh? It is OK to copy DVDs but you can't get the software to do it.

What's next, outlawing Xerox machines because you could copy pages from a book? Outlawing pencils and pens because they could be used to write down things found in copyrighted printed material? And what about the transfer of information to storage in our brains through the use of our eyes? I think the whole concept of copyright and patent needs revisiting with the new electronic age.

August 13, 2009 5:01 PM  

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