Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. and Paramount Pictures Corp have filed a lawsuit in New York against online retailer TechnologyOne who have been offering the now illegal software developed by 321 Studios. Other retailers voluntarily halted sales of the software after federal judges in New York and California ordered 321 to stop making and marketing it. The studios long have insisted that DVD-copying products violate the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which bars circumvention of anti-piracy measures used to protect DVDs and other devices. The latest lawsuit, announced Friday by the Motion Picture Association of America Inc., was filed in the U.S. District Court for New York’s southern district, where a judge in March barred 321 from marketing the software with DVD circumvention content. In court and before Congress, 321 has argued its products merely guarantee consumers fair use of the movies they’ve bought, including backing up expensive copies of children’s movies in case the originals get scratched.
See Law Updates February 2003 EFF defends the right to own smart card technology and the article Don’t Shoot The Messenger by Ben Challis at :http://www.musicjournal.org/03dontshootthemessenger.html