Film Studios Sue Over DVD Copying Software (Reuters)

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    Film Studios Sue Over DVD Copying Software
    Wed Sep 17, 5:59 PM ET

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Paramount Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox sued
    Tritton Technologies on Wednesday, accusing the company of distributing
    software aimed at cracking technology used to prevent unlawful copying of

    The suit, filed in Manhattan federal court, seeks a court order stopping
    Irvine, California-based Tritton from distributing the software called
    "DVD CopyWare." It also seeks unspecified damages.

    Three Web site operators that offer to sell various DVD-copying software
    are also named as defendants in the suit.

    A spokesman for Tritton did not have any immediate comment.

    Paramount, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIAB - news),and Twentieth Century Fox,
    a unit of Fox Entertainment Group (NYSE:FOX - news), said that all the
    defendants conduct business in New York.

    The suit charges that the defendants violated the Digital Millennium
    Copyright Act (news - web sites) that bars creating or distributing
    technology that can be used to circumvent copyright protections on
    software, movies and music.

    The plaintiffs allege that Tritton's CopyWare software is designed to
    circumvent a copy-protection system called the "Content Scramble System."

    The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York has previously ruled
    that the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act does not infringe on free
    speech protections of the U.S. Constitution. Rulings by the Second
    Circuit are binding on cases filed in Manhattan federal court.

    Tritton, which describes itself as a manufacturer of high-end multimedia
    products, announced in August that it would distribute DVD CopyWare in
    North America.

    According to a press release issued by the company DVD CopyWare is
    "extremely powerful, affordable and easy-to-use and allows consumers to
    backup their entire DVD collection, including Digital Signature Standard
    (DSS) encoded movies without any loss in audio or video quality."
    Tarkus, Sep 18, 2003
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