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Movie studios revive the RIAA's "making a copy" equates to "stealing one copy" argument

The RIAA and music labels gained a bit more notoriety when one of its associates, Sony BMG's head of litigation Jennifer Pariser, remarked during a case, "When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." Making "a copy" of a purchased song is just "a nice way of saying 'steals just one copy'."

Now the MPAA, which typically follows closely in the RIAA's footsteps, is suing software maker RealNetworks and making similar remarks.  In a similar mentality, which some say punishes the paying customer,
Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Columbia Pictures, the Walt Disney Company and Sony have all filed suit against the company, which claims it only wants to provide content owners with a means of backing up their DVDs.

Greg Goeckner, executive vice president and general counsel for the Motion Picture Association of America, says that users shouldn't get to copy their DVDs -- even those they own.  He states, "RealDVD should be called StealDVD.  RealNetworks knows its product violates the law, and undermines the hard-won trust that has been growing between America’s moviemakers and the technology community."

Seattle-based RealNetworks found itself targeted after it released its RealDVD software, available for $30.  RealNetworks is no rogue operator -- rather it’s the software giant behind the RealPlayer software and the Rhapsody music subscription service, the second largest legitimate online music retailer.  Nonetheless, it found itself the target of the MPAA's aggressive campaign, which seeks to block any private DVD reproduction. 

RealNetworks is standing tall against the MPAA and blasted back in a tersely worded statement Tuesday.  The statement read, "We are disappointed that the movie industry is following in the footsteps of the music industry and trying to shut down advances in technology, rather than embracing changes that provide consumers with more value and flexibility for their purchases."

RealDVD conforms to all Hollywood’s rules on DVD protection by encrypting the digital copies.  This is intended to prevent filesharing.  Still, studios claim the program violates the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, an all-reaching act used for everything from web takedowns to filesharing cases.  The studios say that by overriding anti-copying mechanisms on the DVD, RealDVD is breaking the law.  The studios are seeking an injunction to prevent the program's sales.

A frustrated RealNetworks fired back with a countersuit of its own against the studios in a federal court in San Francisco on Tuesday.

This case will like bear major ramifications on the movie industry, and DailyTech will be following it closely.



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Kids vs DVD = $$$$
By cgsaben on 10/1/2008 10:54:59 AM , Rating: 2
My wife insists on carrying a large selection of DVDs in our van for our children to watch. This invariably results in a short lifespan for each DVD, like clockwork, she states that she needs to replace the most popular movies every three or so months. I am going to make copies of each dvd and have her keep them in a case in the van. The original will be kept safe at home. So now I am a thief, because I don't want to pay a ton of money on duplicate purchases, NICE.




RE: Kids vs DVD = $$$$
By FITCamaro on 10/1/2008 11:52:56 AM , Rating: 3
Should put a pirate flag on your van.


RE: Kids vs DVD = $$$$
By Bender 123 on 10/1/2008 12:02:42 PM , Rating: 2
That sounds like my house...girls, 4 and 2 year old twins. They think DVDs are pretty rainbow things, so naturally, they pull them out of the case and proceed to dance on them...I gave up long ago and started burning backup copies to put in the keep cases and keep the originals in a DVD folder/book...I wont buy another copy of a movie I already payed for.

The girls all brought tears to my eyes when they wanted to be pirates for Halloween...because thats what, I guess, we all are.


RE: Kids vs DVD = $$$$
By FITCamaro on 10/1/2008 3:21:59 PM , Rating: 2
Hmmm....I have my halloween costume. I'm just going to wear an eye patch and say nothing but "Yar....I be a software pirate".


RE: Kids vs DVD = $$$$
By Gzus666 on 10/1/2008 12:32:32 PM , Rating: 3
I would get a cannon first, cause seriously, how cool would a cannon in your van be?


RE: Kids vs DVD = $$$$
By saiga6360 on 10/1/2008 2:21:59 PM , Rating: 2
Would be great to shoot misbehaving kids out of a cannon.


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