A French court has ruled that DRM softwre preventing DVDs from being copied is illegal. A court of appeal decided that the use of the software banned owners from making copies of the products they had purchased for private use - and gave film firms a month to remove the crippleware from their discs.
The case came about after a man tried to copy the film, Mulholland Drive, onto a videotape so his mother could watch it - she didn't have a DVD player. The court ruled the men was within his rights to expect he would be able to copy the disc onto a tape and pass it on as it was not being resold.
The disk was labelled as copy-protected, but the court decided the label was too small to be useful. It sided with the French consumer body, the Union FÃ©dÃ©rale des Consommateurs, against film firms Films Alain Sarde and Studio Canal in the case.
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