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Right To Copy DVDs To PCs At Center Of Copyright Spat

Publication Date: 
October 01, 2008
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog
Dan Slater

Professor Mark A. Lemley is quoted in The Wall Street Journal Law Blog about joint efforts by Walt Disney, Warners, Universal, Paramount, Sony, and News Corp.’s Fox to sue RealNetworks Inc. over a new software program called RealDVD, which allows consumers to copy DVDs onto computers:

According to Stanford law prof Mark Lemley, the spat may ultimately hinge on the language of the license RealNetworks obtained from the DVD Copy Control Association. “If Real has a legitimate license to do this under the contract, the circumvention claim goes away, because they’re not cracking the encryption system,” Lemley told the LAT. “They’ve been given the keys and authorized to do it.”