The Motion Picture Association of America is trying to put a stop to RealNetworks' new product. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the MPAA has brought a lawsuit against RealNetworks and their new RealDVD software, which was released today, claiming that the software violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
The lawsuit is trying to restrain the release of the software, claiming that the program gets around the copy protection enabled on DVD's, allowing users to illegally burn movies to their computer. However, RealNetworks shot back with a counter-action, requesting that the court rule the software is in compliance with the Copyright Act.
"RealNetworks' RealDVD should be called StealDVD," said the MPAA's executive vp and general counsel Greg Goeckner. "RealNetworks knows its product violates the law and undermines the hard-won trust that has been growing between America's movie makers and the technology community."
The MPAA alleges that the software enables users to "rent, rip and return" - where users simply go out and rent a DVD, burn it to their computer, and return it. RealNetworks claims this isn't true, stating their program merely, "allows consumers to securely store, manage and play their DVDs on their computers."
The company also added, "It does not enable users to distribute copies of their DVDs," the company said. "RealDVD not only maintains the DVD's native CSS encryption intact, it also adds another layer of digital rights management encryption that effectively locks the DVD copy to the owner's computer to ensure that the content can not be improperly copied or shared."