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RealDVD is a burning issue with Hollywood

May 1, 2009

Last week saw the start of a trial that pitches Hollywood studios against the technology industry, and whose outcome could change the face of home entertainment. The trial, taking place in San Francisco, centres around a $30 (£20) software package published last year called RealDVD...

RealNetwork's defence is that RealDVD strengthens DVD copy protection. Some observers, such as Fred von Lohmann, a senior lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, think Hollywood is fighting a losing battle: "I'm not sure what alternate version of reality the MPAA is living in, but consumers have been able to copy DVDs for a long time, thanks to free, widely available DVD rippers," he says.

Thursday, April 30, 2009
The Guardian
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