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Macrovision Obtains Interim Injunction to Prohibit Sales of Circumvention Devices by Media Markt in Frankfurt, Germany
Posted Oct 10, 2003 Print Version     Page 1of 1

Macrovision Corporation, the provider of digital rights management and copy protection technologies, announced that its German legal firm, Norr Stiefenhofer Lutz, obtained a temporary injunction, without an oral court hearing, in the District Court of Frankfurt, Germany, against the Frankfurt outlet of Media Markt TV-Hifi-Elektro GmbH prohibiting the ongoing sale of the Macro 2000 copy protection circumvention device. Macrovision was granted the injunction under the newly enacted German Copyright Directive that prohibits copy protection circumvention devices in that country. The Macro 2000 strips off copy protection from protected DVDs and allows perfect video copies to be made from such content.

"Particularly noteworthy," said Colin Nunn, Macrovision's vice president of operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa, "was the Court's decision to grant standing to Macrovision, as the owner of the circumvented copy protection technology, to take action in its own right against the sale, distribution and possession for commercial purposes of circumvention devices."  

Macrovision develops and markets digital rights management (DRM), copy protection, and electronic license management technologies for the video, music, and software industries. Macrovision holds a total of 148 issued or pending United States patents and 1,036 issued or pending international patents, and continues to increase its patent portfolio with new and innovative technologies in related fields.


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