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Court orders RealDVD halt

Court orders RealDVD halt

RealNetworks' commercial DVD ripper is to have its distribution suspending pending a court hearing on Tuesday.

We all predicted that Hollywood wasn't going to take RealNetworks' DVD ripping package lying down, and the news is that sales of the software have been put on temporary hiatus pending a court decision on Tuesday.

According to NewTeeVee, a series of Hollywood studies have filed suit against the company claiming that the software violates copyrights they own – despite, it would appear, the fact that the software not only retains the digital restriction management placed upon a DVD but adds a whole new layer of restrictions of its own when used to rip a commercial disc.

The court hearing the case has ordered that RealNetworks suspend distribution of the RealDVD package until this Tuesday, to allow the presiding judge to review all the paperwork before making a decision. While this isn't much of a surprise, it certainly casts the company's latest software venture in a bad light – and prevents people who have got their hands on codes for free trials from downloading the software until the judge gives the go-ahead.

With many freely available packages on the 'net that offer all the advantages of RealDVD with none of the DRM – and no pretensions as their legality – it's hard to see RealNetworks gaining much support from the community. That said, it's a hard one for the studios to argue too: despite the software ostensibly being designed to remove copy protection systems present on commercial DVDs, the software is expressly designed not to make it easy to copy major movies but instead merely to make the process of watching films you have legally purchased easier and more convenient.

Do you hope that the studios fail in their attempts to prevent the sale of RealDVD, or is it RealNetworks' own fault for attempting to commercialise something that those in the know have been enjoying the use of for quite some time? Share your thoughts over in the fourms.

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ChaosDefinesOrder 6th October 2008, 09:10 Quote
*loading court case*

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"All rise for the-"

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"Honerable-"

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screw RealNetworks.
liratheal 6th October 2008, 09:11 Quote
I hope the movie industry takes one in the eye - Not because I like RealDVD (I don't like any of their software), but because the movie industry is already a multi-billion dollar industry, and shitting on LEGAL backups/rips for personal use is just making them seem like as big, if not bigger, a douche as Lars Ulrik.

Hope they get their asses sued for being money grabbing ****s.

Edit: Your profanity filter doesn't filter the four letter man-meat reference :B
steveo_mcg 6th October 2008, 10:20 Quote
What a male chicken, its not profanity they say it on the bbc.
/ot

Can't say i'm surprised that they are getting sued the movie industry really can't see beyond the end of its cheque book, its so desperate to keep control of its old business methods in an age where they are becoming less and less relevant and applicable.
liratheal 6th October 2008, 10:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by steveo_mcg
What a male chicken, its not profanity they say it on the bbc.
/ot

Every time I say it near kids or ladies, I get a physical slap or a verbal one >.>
DXR_13KE 6th October 2008, 11:05 Quote
either way it goes i am happy, either real networks gets rammed or the media creators get rammed.
Fod 6th October 2008, 11:07 Quote
Media Center + AnyDVD HD + MyMovies.

'nuff said.
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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
either way it goes i am happy, either real networks gets rammed or the media creators get rammed.
i wouldn't be so flippant about this scenario. it still goes to show how arcane the movie studios (and by extension music labels) are as regards their attitude to digital storage and distribution.
Firehed 6th October 2008, 16:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by liratheal
I hope the movie industry takes one in the eye - Not because I like RealDVD (I don't like any of their software), but because the movie industry is already a multi-billion dollar industry, and shitting on LEGAL backups/rips for personal use is just making them seem like as big, if not bigger, a douche as Lars Ulrik.

Hope they get their asses sued for being money grabbing ****s.

Edit: Your profanity filter doesn't filter the four letter man-meat reference :B

Yeah, unfortunately it's not that easy. While backups themselves are legal, breaking the copy protection isn't. The debate really is whether the DMCA has the legal ability to override the rights granted by the fair use act. Of course like any other geek I think the DMCA is a load of BS, but I still wouldn't sell software to break it.

(in the US of course - it's different everywhere).
liratheal 6th October 2008, 17:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Firehed
Yeah, unfortunately it's not that easy. While backups themselves are legal, breaking the copy protection isn't. The debate really is whether the DMCA has the legal ability to override the rights granted by the fair use act. Of course like any other geek I think the DMCA is a load of BS, but I still wouldn't sell software to break it.

(in the US of course - it's different everywhere).

As I understand it there's DRM introduced in the digital copies that the Real software creates, though.

If I'm right about that, then this doesn't make it any easier to rip for distribution than say, ImTOO does, but Real has more money :/
Darkefire 6th October 2008, 20:47 Quote
See, if the courts actually follow the established law, RealNetworks should win this one hands down. The DMCA doesn't prohibit copying a movie, only breaking the copy protection on it. As their software makes a bit-for-bit copy of the DVD right down to the CSS encryption, they're not breaking the law even slightly. I hate Real as much as the next guy and would never use their software, but the community had better hope for a win on their part; a loss would basically open the floodgates to litigation on every byte of DVD copying software the greedy *******s can find, legit or not.
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