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Judge on DVD copying case expected to make ruling soon

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On May 21, U.S. District Judge Marilyn Patel heard arguments from both sides of the ongoing DVD copyright case between Hollywood movie companies and RealNetworks Inc. Once she’s issued further evidence, she is expected to issue a written decision on whether sales of RN’s “RealDVD” program can continue. The “RealDVD” software allows DVD owners to copy their own DVDs to a hard drive, but movie businesses are claiming that it violates copyright law and agreed-upon encryption processes.

According to Reuters, the digital media company said it would be willing to rewrite portions of the code to address specific concerns, such as the possibility that users would be able to use the program to make copies of DVDs for their friends.”Those are cumbersome ways to make copies and those are not the marketswe are targeting, but yes, it can happen,” said Don Scott, a lawyer for RN.

If the ban against RN’s software isn’t lifted, it could help push movie studio sales of digital backup copies. However, if the judge rules in favor of RN, we could see the invention of even more software and devices that allow DVD storage and organization in the near future.