MPAA files suit against RealNetworks

Didn’t I say this was coming?

The Motion Picture Association of America filed a lawsuit today against RealNetworks over their new RealDVD product.

RealDVD is a computer program that allows the owner to make a copy of a DVD for use on their computer. The resulting ripped DVD file is loaded with DRM to prevent copying to a third device (for the record, the DVD format has code in it to prevent it from being copied to a second device).

From an article on, “The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which the MPAA claims RealDVD [is] breaking, says descrambling or circumventing encryption is a violation carrying a penalty of up to $2,500 per DVD.”

No word yet on if the MPAA will also be filing suit against those who bought, and have used, the program.

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