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2009-05-22 11:30:00

The DVD copyright case between Hollywood movie companies and RealNetworks Inc continued on Thursday, where a Federal District Court judge in California weighed both arguments but did not yet indicate when a ruling would be ready, Reuters reported. After temporarily halting the case in October, U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel will soon issue a written decision on whether sales of RealNetworks' software that allows people to make backups of their DVDs on a home computer can continue. The...

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2009-05-05 11:10:00

A San Francisco court could decide this week if DVD users can make personal backups the way people do with audio, as the six big film studios are claiming that a program called RealDVD violates copyright, BBC News reported. Bill Hankes of RealDVD said the consumer should have the same fair use rights to copy DVDs just as they have for the last decade with music. The RealNetworks-produced digital copying program allows DVD owners to create digital copies of their discs for their own personal...

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2009-04-24 13:13:28

Hollywood is taking on RealNetworks Inc. to federal court on Friday after claiming its DVD "ripping" program is an illegal digital piracy tool, the Associated Press reported. But RealNetworks is arguing that its $29.99 software that allows DVDs to be easily copied to computer hard drives is legitimate. The movie industry suggests that consumers will quickly lose interest in paying retail for DVDs that can be rented cheaply, copied and returned should RealNetworks continue to be allowed to...

2008-10-06 03:00:11

By Bick, Jonathan GUEST COLUMN THE INTERNET, hence Internet law, pene- trates every aspect of business. Certain Inter- net legal issues may be specific to the type of business. However, many issues are common for all types of businesses. Among the most valuable Internet laws that protect businesses are those that immunize them against Internet copyright infringement with an $80 filing, transform an Internet message into a legally binding signature and limit the Internet keywords that...

2008-10-02 06:00:23

By Brad Stone Six major movie studios have sued RealNetworks, the Seattle- based digital media company, over its new $30 software program that allows people to make digital copies of DVDs. As the opening warning on nearly every DVD indicates, Hollywood has bitterly opposed such copying. The studios have argued that it threatens their emerging business of digital downloads and can motivate buyers to rent, copy and return DVDs instead of buying them. RealNetworks, the company behind...

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2008-10-01 07:00:00

RealNetworks Inc. was sued on Tuesday by Hollywood's six major movie studios.  The lawsuit is an attempt to try and block the company from distributing DVD copying software that the studios believe will allow consumers to copy DVDs outright. Hollywood studios could lose a large chunk of their estimated $14 billion revenue this year if consumers are able to copy rental DVDs from outlets like Blockbuster and Netflix. The Motion Picture Association of America, which represents Hollywood's...

2008-09-30 16:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nation's top movie companies filed a lawsuit today asking a federal court to stop RealNetworks Inc. from distributing the company's RealDVD software which allows movies to be copied illegally. In their complaint and motion for a temporary restraining order, the studios said that RealNetworks' RealDVD violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) because its software illegally bypasses the copyright protection built into DVDs that...

2008-09-05 03:00:10

By Bergman, Alan When it comes to understanding the law, everything begins and ends with the Constitution. So it should come as no surprise that this venerable document, created in 1789, is the battleground for the raging debate about what, if any, limitations there should be on dissemination of copyrighted material on the Internet. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution empowers Congress, 'To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and...

2008-07-12 03:00:22

By Pike, George H Legal Issues Nearly 16 months after an orphan works proposal died at the end of the 2005-2006 congressional session, two new proposals have been introduced and are moving rapidly through Congress. Between April and early May, the proposals (one in the House and one in the Senate) were introduced, marked up, and hustled through their respective committees. Orphan works are those creative works where the copyright owner cannot be identified or located, or it cannot be...

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2008-05-27 09:57:31

Google Inc's lawyers responded to a recent lawsuit on Friday, which claims that its video-sharing site YouTube has opened the door to "an explosion of copyright infringement" via the Web.The $1 billion lawsuit is the latest in a series of court battles between Viacom Inc. and YouTube's owners. In papers filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Google's lawyers wrote that the recent copyright infringement suit "threatens the way hundreds of millions of people legitimately exchange...


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