Judge Bans DVD Copying Software Under DMCA

Law360, New York (February 23, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a widely watched test case of the controversial 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a U.S. federal judge has banned a popular software line used to copy DVD films.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston last week ordered software 321 Studios to stop manufacturing or distributing products that circumvent the anti-piracy protections on DVDs.

A coalition of Hollywood studios had sued 321 Studios, arguing that its products were illegal under the 1998 act because they circumvented the encryption on DVD movies. The software defeats the Contents Scramble...
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