Ever since the release of their DVD copying program, Real has faced numerous legal issues at the hands of the MPAA and the DVD CCA. Though the company has taken extensive measures to ensure their copying software wasn't used for piracy, linking content duplicated to people who owned it, it wasn't enough to prevent them from being sued
. Originally trying to defend their software, their strategy has changed. Now, they have gone on the offensive
, filing a lawsuit against the MPAA and the DVD CCA.
Real is accusing both groups of violating antitrust laws by colluding together on trying to prevent the fair-use copying of DVDs. It may not seem like a big deal at first, but it strikes at the heart of many content-duplication disputes over the years: Do users have the right to backup their purchased content? In any case, Real is asking for an injunction on the actions of the MPAA/DVD CCA, as well as to receive monetary compensation for lost revenue. This is primarily due to the fact that sales of RealDVD
were forcibly halted due to an injunction in 2008.
Though it started out as just another lawsuit between corporations, the impact this one may have on other “fair use” cases cannot be overlooked.