Fri, May 22nd 2009 1:03pm
The MPAA's suit to block Real Networks' RealDVD software rolls on, with some twists and turns. The latest is that the MPAA says that about 10 years ago, Real made the same argument that the MPAA is making in this case, saying that there is no fair use exception to the DMCA. Real used the argument in a case against Streambox, which created software that let people record Real streams. It prevailed in the Streambox case, so the MPAA asked the judge for an estoppel ruling, which would preclude it from arguing for fair use in the current case, since the argument contradicts its earlier position. Closing arguments in the case have wrapped up, and there's no indication when the judge will issue a ruling -- nor whether Real's apparent change of heart on fair use and the DMCA will hamper its efforts.
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