After eight months of deliberation, a San Francisco federal judge has ruled that software company 321 Studios' popular DVD-copying products are illegal.
In a ruling released Friday, Judge Susan Illston granted Hollywood studios'
request for an injunction against 321 Studios, saying the small software company has seven days to stop distributing its DVD-copying products. The case was widely viewed as a test of how far commercial software could go in helping consumers make backup copies of their own legally purchased digital entertainment products, such as DVDs or video games. Illston wrote that federal law made it illegal to sell products that--like 321 Studios' software--break through DVDs' antipiracy technology, even if consumers do have a legal right to make personal copies of their movies.
News source: C|Net News.com