New DVD Copying Program Debuts

In the wake of a federal judge's ruling that 321 Studios can no longer manufacture and sell some of its DVD-copying software, the company has released DVDExtreme, a suite of DVD and CD authoring and backup tools that will copy DVD movies that are not protected by Contents Scrambling System technology.

"We're looking to diversify now," says Julia Bishop-Cross, a 321 Studios spokesperson. "We're pushing full throttle ahead with our appeals. We're still continuing the fight for fair use, but at the same time we have a business to run." The ruling, following a suit brought by Hollywood studios, said that the copying programs violate copyright law.

321 Studios' software allows users to copy DVD movies onto recordable DVDs or standard CD-R discs with the appropriate rewritable drive. The program circumvents the CSS encryption technology used on the discs. 321 Studios uses a freely available decryption technology called DeCSS to evade CSS.

News source: PCWorld

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