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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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By bmheiar on 10/1/2008 12:03:34 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with you. Once I buy a CD/DVD or whatever. I should & want to be able to do with it however I wish & see fit. To be able to copy/backup and to watch/listen to it on any form of media player I want to & wish too, not matter if it is CD/DVD/Blu-Ray/HD theater system players, iPod/MP3 players, ripped to HDDs of computers/laptops, & etc.

MPAA/RIAA are not willing to change with the times and advancement of technology nor to even look towards the future. They want to stay at the same business model of 30+ years ago, and look backwards, to keep on making money. Because they know if they stay hard as a rock and not budge from their position (by not changing with the times, the advancement of technology, and not looking forwards the future), that they will still make money since people world wide will still buy music and movies. MPAA/RIAA will only change or adapt or finally just die off and go the way of the Dodo, when everyone and I mean everyone world wide stop lining their "pockets, bags, vaults of holding" full of money by not buying music, movies & etc. They will not change otherwise. The consumers have the money and the power over this situation, since we have the choice to buy or not to buy. Thou they do have the money, power, lawyers, lobbyists, judges, government (congress/president) on their side to change the rules and laws in their favor. It is us who gave MPAA/RIAA this power, money & influence over the governing body & control of this situation by spending money on their products music/movies/CDs/DVDs & etc.

I am not saying to pirate or anything. Though in others' "righteous" eyes I have, since I have copied/backed up for my own personal use. But I have never copied anything to sell to someone else for profit. To me that is pirating, aka to copy and then to sell for profit. That is my interpretation of pirating. Everyone interprets things different, since we are all different from each other by having different morals, different beliefs, different opinions and etc.


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