The DVD Copy Control Assn. (DVD CCA) is suing software company 321 Studios over alleged violations of its patents. The Morgan Hill, Calif.-based trade group says 321's "DVD X Copy" software, which all

The DVD Copy Control Assn. (DVD CCA) is suing software company 321 Studios over alleged violations of its patents. The Morgan Hill, Calif.-based trade group says 321's "DVD X Copy" software, which allow users to make copies of DVDs, violates its patents for the CSS (content scrambling system) encryption for DVDs. The lawsuit was filed Feb. 13 in New York District Court.

Macrovision filed a similar suit against 321 last month.

In a statement, the DVD CCA says, "In taking this legal action, DVD CCA is turning its focus toward those who produce and broadly distribute products in the marketplace that facilitate the widespread infringement of the copyrights on motion pictures that CSS was designed to protect. DVD CCA believes that halting the mass marketing of these illegal products is the most important and effective step toward protecting its property from theft and misuse in a changing marketplace."

In January, the DVD CCA dropped a lawsuit against California resident Andrew Bunner, who the group claimed illegally posted a DVD decryption program online. DVD CCA said at the time that that it sought to change its legal strategy in fighting against piracy.