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DVD Copy Plus makers challenge DMCA

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 23 Apr 2002 3:34 User comments (2)

Small upstart company called 321 Studios filed a lawsuit in San Fransisco yesterday asking federal court to decide whether its software bundle DVD Copy Plus violates American DMCA law or not.
"This lawsuit involves the ability of a small Internet company to market and sell an instruction manual and bundled computer software that teaches legal owners of DVD movies to make legitimate backup copies of the contents of a DVD for their own personal use," the suit states.

According to the suit, MPAA has threatened to sue the company for violating DMCA law, so company is basically taking the first step in the game.

The case's moral is hard one for us, dear DVD enthustiasts, since what I've understood, company basically sells guide package bundled with free software such as freely available DVD rippers. I assume that company doesn't have asked any rights to distribute these tools. But then again, if the company wins its case, it means celebration for DVD freaks, free speech and consumer fair rights, because it would also legalize providing information and tools to backup your legally owned DVDs -- exactly what our site and plenty of other similiar sites do, freely.

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15.2.2008 06:25

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25.2.2008 07:03

*edit* 23 April 2002 hu, so the outcome was just so to backups, the MPAA say NOOOOOOOOOOO. 321 Studios shuts down

I'll eat my hat if the MPAA lobbyists allow this to pass after the Blu-Ray, HD-DvD debacle, with the MPAA pro DRM advocates (sony, disney & fox) pulling ranks to choose DRM and regional coding with blu-ray, over the more consumer friendly medium HD-DvD.

seems they already deem time shifting illegal so every time a new format appears we are forced to purchase our media we own all over again once our obsolete hardware breaks.

DRM and anti consumer laws just gives the MPAA a licence to print money & with more restrictions on digital content coming in the form of licensing and not actually owning content this can only get worse for the consumer!

Originally posted by Link:
This is by design: as Jack Valenti, former head of the MPAA, put it, “If you buy a DVD you have a copy. If you want a backup copy you buy another one”

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