Movie Studios Win Sanctions Against RealNetworks

Law360, New York (May 6, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Several movie studios embroiled in a copyright battle with RealNetworks Inc. over a DVD-copying program — including Paramount Pictures Corp., Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. — have won sanctions against RealNetworks for spoliation of evidence.

Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday partially granted the studios' motion for sanctions.

She imposed monetary sanctions on RealNetworks for failing to preserve notebooks maintained by a former RealNetworks employee and awarded attorneys' fees for...
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