Macrovision filed a lawsuit June 15 against Sima Products Corp. and Interburn Enterprises, alleging that the companies manufacture software that infringes on Macrovision's intellectual property and vi


LOS ANGELES -- Macrovision filed a lawsuit June 15 against Sima Products Corp. and Interburn Enterprises, alleging that the companies manufacture software that infringes on Macrovision's intellectual property and violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court in New York.

Macrovision claims that Sima and Interburn's software allows users to make unauthorized copies of copyrighted DVDs, which is an infringement on its Analog Copy Protection technology for DVDs. The software allegedly strips the ACP technology from DVDs. The DMCA prohibits circumvention of copy protection mechanisms like Macrovision's ACP.

Macrovision is asking the court to make Sima and Interburn halt sales of their DVD copying products immediately.

In a statement, Macrovision CEO Bill Krepick said, "The Sima and Interburn products have very limited commercial uses other than to circumvent Macrovision's copy protection technology and are marketed by Sima and Interburn for use in copying DVDs. The Sima/Interburn lawsuit is based on a fundamental cornerstone of the American economic system-protection of intellectual capital."

Representatives from Sima and Interburn could not be reached for comment.