Originally posted by ReneB
[B]Still we are a DUTCH based company and we are NOT breaking a single copyright law.
Our program does not write by itself, and does not rip by itself.
You, as the user breakes the (c) by ripping the content to your harddisk. Sorry, but that's reality.
And a other profit we have is that in the Netherlands you may make a backup copy of your OWN discs for your own use. [/B]
You're absolutely right - it's the user that takes full responsbility. But the case against Grokster/Morpheus hinged on the argument that P2P technology facilitated copyright infringement by making it easier.
The same argument can be made against DVD2One - that the software makes it so easy to copy DVD's with near digital quality, especially in Movie-Only mode (they really could care less if some pirated the special features such as behind the scenes, etc. because the pirates can't make money off just that). Before copying DVD movies (especially from Dual-Layer DVD's) was not especially easy, required many steps, and was very time consuming. The fact that DVD2One turned that process into a few clicks and 15 minutes or so is a testament to the programming prowess of you & Erwin earning the both of you the admiration & appreciation of thousands, but at the same time is probably making movie studios executives sweat bullets.
I still doubt that they would raise any legal actions against you guys, since the argument they would have used has been significantly weakened. However, if your user base begins to grow by leaps & bounds, they may decide to litigate anyway, but not to win... just to make you go broke with legal fees. You may win in the end, but the cost of that victory means that you'll effectively be out of business.
As for your point about being a Dutch company, I would still worry. Jon Johansen is a Norwegian citizen, yet the MPAA effectively brought suit against him by convincing Norway's OCU (Economic Crimes Unit) to take him to court for DeCSS. Although he won the first round and the MPAA/OCU is now appealing, it's still far from over.
It's definitely an interesting time for legal history.