A federal court has ruled that Software company 321 Studios has been barred from manufacturing and distributing its "DVD X Copy" products, which allows users to copy DVDs.

A federal court has ruled that Software company 321 Studios has been barred from manufacturing and distributing its "DVD X Copy" products, which allows users to copy DVDs.

A ruling from Judge Susan Illston, issued Feb. 19 from the U.S. District Court of San Francisco, said that 321 Studios is in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and must stop trafficking its products. 321 Studio's software allow users to make copies of DVDs by bypassing CSS (content scrambling system) encryption codes.

The injunction will be in effect Feb. 26.

In April 2002, 321 Studios sought declaratory relief that their software does not violate the DMCA. The movie studios responded with a counterclaim for litigation in Dec. 2002.

In the last two months, both the DVD Copy Control Association and Macrovision have filed lawsuits claiming that 321 Studios' software is violating its DVD encryption code patents.

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