Judge Rules That RealDVD is Illegal
It has certainly been a long time coming, but in a case that has lasted the best part of a year Judge Marilyn Hall Patel has finally ruled in favour of the MPAA, which grants a preliminary injunction against Real to ban the sales of the program. The ruling states that while it isn't illegal for consumers to copy their own DVDs for personal use, it is illegal to provide consumers with a program that allows them to do just that. While that may not make a whole lot of sense on the surface, it is what law dictates, which protects access to details of copy protection codes, the content scramble system (CSS). The MPAA are satisfied with the courts decision, with head of the organisation Dan Glickman quoted as saying "This is a victory for the creators and producers of motion pictures and television shows, and for the rule of law in our digital economy."
Real are said to be disappointed with the ruling, and will be examining the verdict carefully as they take a possible appeal into consideration.