DVD-Copying Software Maker Offers Anti-Piracy Reward
from the sneaky-moves dept
Earlier today, I posted a story about Hollywood offering cash to anyone who revealed where pirating operations were occuring. Here's an interesting contrast to that story. 321 Studios, the makers of DVD-copying software (which is fighting their own legal battle against Hollywood), are offering a similar bounty to turn in DVD pirates. So, why would a company that provides software to let you copy your DVDs be offering $10,000 to anyone who turns in a DVD pirate using their software? Because their software isn't designed to be used for pirating, but just to let people make backup copies of movies they already own. It's an interesting PR trick, though, I don't know how well it will fly in court. The idea is that if no one is turned in, then it shows that people aren't using the copying software for piracy, but rather for personal "fair use" reasons.