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MPAA against RealNetworks

My colleague John Nachbar pointed out the following interesting fact to me.

The big US case right now is the MPAA against RealNetworks

My understanding is that the ability to copy or rip a DVD for own use is a legal grey area. Actually stripping out the drm is supposedly illegal under the law as it now stands (a stupid law, in my view). But the RealNetworks software does *not* strip out the drm. This case is the anti-napster: RealNetworks is not being accused of facilitating the distribution of copyrighted material. They are being accused of giving the owners of DVDs a way to convert them into a more convenient form for their own use.

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