Judge Rules Against RealDVD Technology
Reuters and other sources are reporting that U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Patel ruled
Patel, who sits in San Francisco, issued a preliminary injunction aimed at stopping sales and use of the technology, known as RealDVD, which was introduced last fall but pulled shortly after the MPAA filed suit.
Dan Glickman, the MPAA's CEO and chairman, hailed the decision in a statement, declaring that "This is a victory for the creators and producers of motion pictures and television shows and for the rule of law in our digital economy . . . RealNetworks took a license to build a DVD-player and instead made an illegal DVD-copier." RealNetworks, which has told customers that an MPAA victory "would be a blow to your consumer rights," issued a muted "We are disappointed" response.
Although Hollywood is breathing a little easier today because of Patel's decision, Seattle-based RealNetworks, which also markets the popular RealPlayer and is counter-suing the MPAA on anti-trust grounds, will likely appeal the ruling and seek to get a stay of the injunction.