DVD Lawsuit Reaches UK Courts; MPA Initiates a High Court Action Against 321 Studios
Posted Sep 9, 2003

On August 29th, 2003, the Motion Picture Association (MPA) filed a lawsuit in the UK High Court against 321 Studios, the manufacturers of DVD backup software.

In the United States, 321 Studios continues to await the decision of Judge Susan Illston, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, San Francisco Division, regarding the Hollywood studios' motion for a partial summary judgment in the suit brought by 321 Studios. In April of 2002, 321 Studios filed a Declaratory Relief Action (DRA) seeking the court's assurance that it was not in violation of copyright law and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA.)

In their motion for partial summary judgment, the Hollywood studios requested a ruling that 321 Studios' products DVD Copy Plus and DVD X Copy are illegal under the DMCA and should be enjoined. This anticipated ruling could also address 321 Studios' adherence to the DMCA, the constitutionality of the DMCA, and the Court's interpretation of "fair use" rights.