RealNetworks Ups The Ante; Wants To Add Antitrust Charges Against The MPAA

from the your-move dept

With the lawsuit between the movie studios and RealNetworks off to an inauspicious start, it looks like RealNetworks decided to pull out the nuclear option: it’s trying to add anti-trust charges against the movie studios to the case. The company claims it’s come across evidence that the studios colluded to boycott RealNetworks and its attempt to let people back up their legally obtained movies. It would be interesting to know the details behind the evidence, as it could make the case a lot more exciting pretty quickly.

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Anonymous Coward says:

… do I side with the company who’s software hijacks all media on my computer, makes my systray light up every few seconds and just generally annoys the heck out of me? Or do I side with the media mafiaa.

Just like any sort of election, it’s sometimes better to choose the lesser of two evils. At least you can remove REAL software from your computer.

Pjerky (profile) says:

Re: Re:

DigitalRAGE, you are a hoot. You honestly think that if they start loosing a ton of money they will get rid of the MPAA. You honestly have not been paying attention over the last few years. No, they won’t get rid of it, they will rely on it more to prosecute anyone that they can find to accuse of hurting their business. They will never admit their own mistakes and take full responsibility for it. That is not the way of the Entertainment Industry.

Anonymous Coward says:


I’ve always wondered why more people didn’t bring antitrust suits against the content cartels. What they do in hindering new technologies for data distribution is clearly less about “piracy” and more about stopping anyone who is unlicensed by them from competing in the space. They have a death-grip on their monopoly on distribution, yet they’re never called on it.

Anonymous Coward says:

“exciting pretty quickly.”

Since the opposite of pretty which is a type of beauty is ugly could you pleas explain what ugly quick is? If you can not explain that then you have no definition of “pretty quickly”. Does that mean very quickly” Or does that mean slow quickly? Or has has someone hit “Quickly” over the head with a pretty stick?

David Lee says:

Anon Cow -- You're an idiot.

Go away.

– pleasing by delicacy or grace; not imposing; “pretty girl”; “pretty song”; “pretty room”
– reasonably: to a moderately sufficient extent or degree; “pretty big”; “pretty bad”; “jolly decent of him”; “the shoes are priced reasonably”; “he is fairly clever with computers”
– used ironically) unexpectedly bad; “a pretty mess”; “a pretty kettle of fish”

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