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The Judge Was Wrong: RealNetworks's RealDVD Appeal Document

RealNetworks just lobbed its appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals in the case revolving around its DVD-copying software, RealDVD.

A U.S. District judge issued a preliminary injunction against RealNetworks (RNWK) in August to stop sales, and renewed it in October.

In a typical Hollywood move, the Motion Picture Association of America said the software, which allows copying of DVDs, violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

In the appeal, RealNetworks said the judge was using the wrong law, that the software was not causing damage to the studios and that the technology is in the public interest and constitutes fair use.

“The District Court committed multiple legal errors in granting Appellees’ motions for preliminary injuction,” reads the appeal.

But, check out the whole appeal and below it, a video interview with RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser that BoomTown did when RealDVD was launched a little over a year ago:


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

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