321 Studios Gets Another Court Smack-Down

Software company 321 Studios has been ordered for the second time in three weeks to stop selling products that directly helps users make copies of DVDs.

LOS ANGELES--Software company 321 Studios has been ordered for the second time in three weeks to stop selling products that directly helps users make copies of DVDs.

On March 3, New York federal judge Richard Owen entered a preliminary injunction against 321 Studios and ruled that the company's "DVD X Copy" software violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in a case brought by Paramount Pictures and Twentieth-Century Fox Film Corp.

A similar ruling was made Feb. 20 by Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in a case brought by film studios MGM, Sony, Warner, Disney and Universal. In that case, 321 was ordered to stop distributing products with the "ripper" function-which enables consumers to bypass DVD encryption codes-by Feb. 27.

The company has complied with the order, though continues to sell "DVD X Copy" without the rippers. 321 has filed an appeal in the California case.

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