RealNetworks Loses Legal Battle Over RealDVD

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Earlier this week U.S. Dictrict Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel ruled in favor of the movie studios in a legal battle against RealNetworks.  The legal battle was over RealNetworks’ software RealDVD.  RealDVD would have allowed customers to rip and burn copies of DVDs.

This grants an injunction made against RealNetworks that prevents them from selling RealDVD.  The judge made this ruling based on a violation of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.

“We are very pleased with the court?s decision. This is a victory for the creators and producers of motion pictures and television shows and for the rule of law in our digital economy. Judge Patel?s ruling affirms what we have known all along: RealNetworks took a license to build a DVD-player and instead made an illegal DVD-copier. Throughout the development of RealDVD, RealNetworks demonstrated that it was willing to break the law at theexpense of those who create entertainment content,” stated Dan Glickman, CEO of the MPAA.

[via NYT]