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Links 09/10/2008

September 10, 2008
  • Well, this should be fun. Citing Kaleidescape Inc.’s victory last year in its long-running battle with the DVD Copy Control Assn. over the right to build and market a home-media server that allows users to transfer their DVDs to the unit’s internal hard drive, RealNetworks has announced plans to introduce a $30 piece of software that does pretty much the same thing for anyone with a lap-top computer. RealDVD, as the product will be called, is “a compelling and very responsible product that gives consumers a way to do something they have always wanted to do,” like make backup copies of favorite discs and take movies with them on their laptops when they travel, RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser told the LATimes. “If you look at the functionality of the product, we have put in significant barriers so people don’t just take this and put it on peer-to-peer networks. I think we’ve been really respectful of the legitimate interests of rights holders.”

    tags: standards

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