Hollywood aims to block RealNetworks' DVD software

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hollywood's six major movie studios plan to sue RealNetworks Inc. to prevent it from distributing DVD copying software, The Associated Press has learned.

A person close to the matter, who requested anonymity because the suit had not yet been filed, says the studios will ask for a temporary restraining order in federal court.

RealNetworks on Tuesday launched a $30 program called RealDVD that copies DVDs to computers or portable hard drives. The studios say the software illegally bypasses the copyright protection built into DVDs.

The plaintiffs are expected to include Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, Walt Disney, and Warner Bros.

Real has said its software enables DVDs to be copied onto up to five computers and does not alter the encryption technology on the disc that is meant to prevent wide-scale piracy.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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