Judge Keeps Restraining Order On RealDVD
from the not-ready-to-give-in dept
Earlier this week we noted that the judge in the lawsuit over the RealDVD software had placed a secret temporary injunction against RealNetworks selling the software. The original promise was that a more permanent injunction — or a lifting of the injunction — would come Tuesday. But Tuesday has come and gone and the judge has decided she needs more time to decide on an injunction, and may want to consult some “experts” on the subject.
I can understand the desire to better understand the situation, but it’s hard to see how preventing the sale of the software in the meantime does any less harm to the movie industry. In fact, you could easily make the argument that it does more harm to the industry, based on the way the industry defines harm. That is, right now, if someone wants to make a backup copy of a DVD, they’re going to look online and find a variety of free ripping options, that offer no additional DRM and make totally free and clear rips. If Real’s software was out there, they might discover that option and pay to get additional DRM (why, I don’t know — but some might feel comfortable with the Real brand, for example). Thus, it’s difficult to see how the movie industry is any worse off if Real’s software is on the market. In that scenario, at least some might end up with ripped DVDs with DRM. Without Real on the market, those who want to rip DVDs will have their rips with no DRM at all.