Judge dismisses Real’s antitrust case against movie studios, blames Real itself

Christmas PD5FM $10 discount“Judge Marilyn Patel in a quiet move on Friday dismissed Real’s lawsuit against movie studios over their alleged collusion to block RealDVD,” Electronista reports.

“The Northern District Court official rejected the idea citing precedents that let companies band together to ensure a legal income and said the DVD Copy Control Association, as well as the Motion Picture Association of America, were allowed to work together to stop what they believed was illegal copying,” Electronista reports. “Real also wasn’t found to have suffered any significant losses from the move.”

Electronista reports, “The judge went so far as to criticize Real itself and attacked the software developer for making an app that could likely be found illegal along with delays in producing the software itself.”

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15 Comments

  1. I must say, I love seeing Google’s “Nexus One” ads on MDN. Talk about money wasted! I wonder if they are actually aware that advertising a non-iPhone phone on a Mac web site is like advertising Honda on a billboard in Detroit… Good luck with your click-throughs on this one, Google…!

    Meanwhile, MDN rakes it in either way.

  2. I was just reinstalling Mac OS 8.6 on an ancient clamshell iBook I inherited (circa 1999, and it still runs rather nicely). One of the broken aliases I cleaned up was a dead link to the Real Player application. Odd to think how ubiquitous that thing once was, compared to today.

  3. I certainly have no love for RealNetworks, but this decision hands yet another victory to the cartel that is the MPAA, and deals yet another blow to our fair-use rights as paying consumers. Unless you work for the MPAA, there is nothing about this decision that should make you happy.

  4. @Predrag,

    You do realise that there are over a hundred million users “NOT” on or ever going to AT&T;right? There must be at least a couple of them that come to this site. I do.

    Android is a great alternative to WinMo, RIM and even iPhone if you can’t have one.

  5. @ ecrabb – Agreed, this is definitely a significant blow to Fair Use rights. It’s very disheartening to see the continued paradox of having a right, yet having a technology barrier allowed to completely block that right.

    @ somebody – No, I’m not in Iowa… and, to anticipate your next question, it’s not for sale, sorry! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    [Posted from my 1999 Clamshell iBook, using the iCab browser – just to show off the fact that I can do it, really.] ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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