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Hollywood wins case against DVD copying software

Games companies observe with interest

You may recently have read reports concerning the objection many games publishers have made to the 321 Software developed Game Copy-X, a piece of software which makes burning DVD copies of games a doddle - all in the name of legitimate 'backing-up'. Naturally, the games publishers fear that such software assists gamers in breaching copyrights, illegally copying software, etc. It appears that a court in LA agrees with this sentiment too in ruling against 321's similarly inspired piece of software DVD Copy-X - which enables 'back-ups' of movies.

The California court sided with the Motion Picture Association of America against 321 Software, and have given the developer seven days to stop selling the product. 321 Software issued this defiant statement, claiming they will continue this legal tussle: "There is no difference between making a copy of a music CD for personal use and making a backup of a DVD movie for personal use," retorted Robert Moore, president of 321 Studios. "We are so firm in our belief in the principle of fair use that we will appeal this ruling immediately. And we will take our fight all the way to the Supreme Court, if that's what it takes to win."

"Companies have a responsibility to develop products that operate within the letter of the law and that do not expose their customers to illegal activities," enthused Jack Valenti of the Motion Picture Association of America. 321's Attorney Jason Schultz meanwhile rebuked this enforcement of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, arguing "I don't think anyone expected that this law would be used so severely to cut back on consumers' rights to use things they own or bought."

Clearly this is the most controversial of copyright arguments for some time, and it is obvious that these legal proceedings could well run and run. This first-round result may also encourage games firms to persue Game Copy-X in a similar fashion.

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