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RealNetworks Surrenders, Hollywood Loses by Ian Paul
PC World, Wikipedia News  ISBN/ITEM#: CM100305RNSHWL
Date: 05 March 2010

Links: PC Article #1 / PC Article #2 / Wikipedia - Pyrrhic Victory /

The term Pyrrhic Victory refers to winning the battle, but losing the war as a direct result. Given that the most determined efforts by Hollywood studios to stop video piracy have proven to be a very expensive failure, their victory over RealNetworks may very well come back and haunt them. Since the RealDVD software RealNetworks actually provided some protection to the rights of the studios, whereas most ripping software provides zero protection, this whole affair leaves us scratching our heads.

From release/information:

RealNetworks has decided to resolve the legal challenges brought against it by Hollywood, and permanently discontinue its RealDVD software. As part of the settlement, RealNetworks will also pay $4.5 million in legal fees to the parties that brought the lawsuit against the company including six Hollywood studios, Viacom and the DVD Copy control association. RealNetworks will also reimburse the 2700 customers who purchased the RealDVD software since its launch in 2008. The settlement ends a legal battle of almost 17 months that started just one day after RealNetworks made RealDVD available for sale in late 2008.

The strange thing about the RealDVD case is that the software was relatively conscientious about concerns over copy protection and piracy. Unlike other software alternatives, RealDVD preserved the copy protection software embedded on the disc, and any copies you made using RealDVD were locked onto the hard drive you saved them on. This made it impossible to convert RealDVD content into different video formats such as DVI, AVI, or MPEG-4 and then shares those files on the Internet.

(Source: PC World, Wikipedia)

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