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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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RE: Fair Use? Maybe?
By Gzus666 on 10/1/2008 11:41:12 AM , Rating: 2
I read it in some sort of news. I never watched Law and Order, so I don't think that was it. Plus, they usually loosely base a lot of those shows on real events they see on the news.

RE: Fair Use? Maybe?
By omnicronx on 10/1/2008 11:47:19 AM , Rating: 2
Haha, I remember the episode, and the real case. The law and order episode is like 4-5 years old though, so it aired before the case in question ;) Both made me laugh pretty hard.. I mean how can you consider something rape, when you have to get it up in order for a woman to perform such an act ;)

RE: Fair Use? Maybe?
By UppityMatt on 10/1/2008 12:16:42 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know about you...but hell sometimes the wind blows and i can "get it up" as your words say. Its not hard to imagine that even though you don't want it...that region has a mind of its own.

RE: Fair Use? Maybe?
By Sunbird on 10/1/2008 12:46:01 PM , Rating: 5
Let's see how much you smile after you have been anally violated...

RE: Fair Use? Maybe?
By quiksilvr on 10/1/08, Rating: -1
RE: Fair Use? Maybe?
By quiksilvr on 10/1/2008 1:10:56 PM , Rating: 2
...too soon?

RE: Fair Use? Maybe?
By erikejw on 10/2/2008 12:41:45 AM , Rating: 3
MPAA = Music Perjury, Anal Assault

Perjury:the act of lying or making verifiably false statements on a material matter under oath or affirmation in a court of law

Music Perjury also known as Anal Assault on our paying customers.

RE: Fair Use? Maybe?
By quiksilvr on 10/2/2008 3:47:54 PM , Rating: 3
Hmmm...should've said Clay Aiken...

RE: Fair Use? Maybe?
By SavagePotato on 10/2/2008 4:44:57 PM , Rating: 2
Freddie Mercury being one of the greatest vocalists and showmen of all time and universally loved...

Clay Aiken, well yeah, Clay Aiken would have gone over much better.

RE: Fair Use? Maybe?
By 325hhee on 10/1/2008 4:04:33 PM , Rating: 2
I mean how can you consider something rape

It's only rape, if the person that's doing you is ugly, or poor. Here's an example Joe Blow mentions to a gal he wants to do explicit stuff to her, that's sexual harassment, Brad Pitt says the same exact thing, word for word, that's him hitting on her.

It's a double standard, and BS. If Joe Blow forces himself on her, she'd call it rape, if Brad Pitt forces himself on her, it's not, or he'd give her hush money, and she'll deny things it ever happened.

RE: Fair Use? Maybe?
By FITCamaro on 10/1/2008 5:46:31 PM , Rating: 3
Sad but true. Hot female teacher sleeps with teenage student. Likely gets restraining order, fired, and community service. 25 year old male goes to party where a 16 year old lies about her age and sleeps with him, he's in prison for a few years and is run out of every community he ever tries to live in.

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