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Court Rules RealNetwork Circumvents CSS

Los Angeles – A federal judge in California Tuesday sided with the major studios and issued a preliminary injunction barring RealNetworks from selling its DVD copying software RealDVD and a set-top device in development that could also copy DVDs.

U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel said in her ruling that RealDVD and the Facet device in development

circumvent CSS, the copyright protection used on commercial DVDs, violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Patel also said Real violated its CSS License Agreement by making permanent DVD copies of copyrighted films. The license was one of the reasons Real argued that the software was legal. 

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