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DVD copying software released by RealNetworks has been withdrawn from sale following legal action against it by six Hollywood studios

RealNetworks, the company behind the RealDVD copying software, has withdrawn the product from sale after legal action against it in the US.

RealDVD was launched on September 30th and was claimed by RealNetworks to be a legal way of turning a PC into a media server.

But six major Hollywood studios jointly sued the company: Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, twentieth Century Fox, Universal, Disney and Warner Bros.

Rob Glase, chief executive of RealNetworks, claims that a second layer of encryption is built into the software, but the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) says Real DVD circumvents its rules about copying.

On its website, RealNetworks says RealDVD is temporarily unavailable but adds "we will continue to work diligently to provide you with software that allows you to make a legal copy of your DVDs for your own use".

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The case will be reviewed by a San Francisco judge on October 7th.