Settlement Means Demise of RealDVD
RealNetworks has agreed to permanently halt production of RealDVD, the DVD-copying software that it released briefly in 2008 but had seen wrapped up in legal battles ever since. The product's death came as part of a settlement with several movie studios as well as the DVD Copy Control Association (DVD CCA).
"We are pleased to put this litigation behind us,” RealNetworks' president and acting CEO, Bob Kimball, said in a statement. “This is another step toward fulfilling our commitment to simplify our company and focus on our core businesses.”
Unveiled in September 2008, the software was pulled from shelves nearly immediately following an injunction from the motion picture industry, which alleged that the product made it easy for users to pirate copyright-protected material. The matter has remained in the courts ever since.
According to IDG News Service, 2,700 people paid the $30 to purchase the software in the brief time it was available for purchase. Those people, as part of the settlement, will be reimbursed. RealNetworks also agreed to pay $4.5 million in legal costs incurred by the studios.