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Real sues MPAA, DVD CCA for antitrust abuse

updated 10:00 am EDT, Thu May 14, 2009

Real Sues MPAA

RealNetworks today fought back against Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) claims that it was aiding piracy by filing counterclaims against both six studios in the MPAA and the DVD Copy Control Association. Sent through a Northern District of California court, the complaints accuse both groups of violating antitrust law by colluding together on trying to block legal alternatives to fair use copying of DVDs. Rather than grant copyrights through individual studios, permission is offered solely through a joint agreement between all of the studios and the DVD CCA, effectively letting them exclude anyone they decide offers competition to their own methods.

The software developer argues that RealDVD fully honors existing copy protection while making its copies of movies and in fact adds extra protection to prevent the converted titles from being shared illegally. It works by copying movies but preserving the CSS encryption used by the studios to prevent mass duplication.

In filing the lawsuits, Real asks not only for an injunction to halt what it sees as anti-competitive practices but to receive compensation for lost revenue due to the preliminary injuction that halted sales of RealDVD last year.

by MacNN Staff



  1. macmad

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I think

    they have a good point, hopefully they'll get somewhere with it.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Real keeps the initial DVD CSS encryption on the copied file. It is NOT Real's fault that the encryption is so worthless that it was immediately hacked. It matters not if the file is on the DVD or a person's HDD, if they want to pirate they will, and if they don't want to pirate, they won't.

    This isn't about piracy, it is about the MPAA trying to keep total control.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Agreed

    Actually, the keep the encryption and add some extra DRM to keep the files from being copied.

    And I see nothing written that the Real DRM was cracked (whatever it is).

    But, really, who gets hurt by this software? Um, no one, unless you want to claim people are going to mass-copy movies from the library and then they never have to buy another one ever again.

    And who will this hurt if they have to pull it? The 20 or so people who actually use Real software and don't know how to rip a DVD using 82 other different programs?

    Yes, stopping Real will surely put a dent in piracy.

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