Judge orders DVD copying software banned

Feb. 21, 2004 at 11:22 AM
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SAN FRANCISO, Calif., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- A U.S. federal judge in San Francisco has ordered a Missouri software company to stop making programs to copy DVD movies, but the company wants to appeal.

All of the major Hollywood studios had sued to stop 321 Studios of St. Charles, Mo., from manufacturing the software that circumvents the anti-piracy protections on DVDs, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco ordered the ban to take effect next week, but 321 President Robert Moore said the company hoped to continue selling its products pending an appeal.

"I really believe in the end this is a decision for the Supreme Court or Congress," Moore said.

While 321 promotes the software as a way for consumers to make backup copies of movies they own, the software can also can be used to copy movies rented from a store or borrowed from a library.

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