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Judge finds DVD X Copy breaches DMCA
A Californian court has sided with the movie industry in a ruling involving 321 Studios, the maker of DVD backup software.
The federal court found in favour of MGM STUDIOS, which is leading the case, that 321’s software put it in breach of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
The court ignored a claim for the ‘fair use’ of the software in making backups. Its ruling states ‘…the downstream uses of the software by the customers of 321, whether legal or illegal, are not relevant to determining whether 321 itself is violating the statute.’
The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) criticised the ruling and called for reform of digital copyright law. ‘In passing the DMCA, Congress certainly did not intend to eliminate all consumer copying,’ said EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. ‘This court’s reading of the statute in the 321 Studios case allows a ban on any tool that enables consumers to copy their DVDs.’
321 Studios has now been ordered to stop selling its software within seven days, but the company is likely to appeal the ruling.
It was only last week that we reported on the launch of Games X Copy by 321 Studios - Games copying software launched in face of copyright threats. ‘We designed Games X Copy with the parent in mind,’ said Robert Moore, President and Founder of 321 Studios. ‘This software is easy to use, so making backups of PC games literally takes one click of a button,’ Moore continued. ‘We designed it for parents, but it is easy enough to use that even the kids could make the backup, and take it on vacation or to a friend’s house - and parents no longer have to worry about the original being damaged or lost.’
As we pointed out at the time, although there is logic in parents wanting to keep a copy of games that can cost ?40 a time, it is unlikely that games publishers will see it that way. Indeed, they are likely to be encouraged by the latest American ruling to take an aggressive legal stance.