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Fox, Paramount Sue Online Retailer for Selling Products With DVD Ripper

2 Jun, 2004 By: Holly J. Wagner

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. and Paramount Pictures Corp. have sued online retailer Technology One for selling 321 Studios' DVD X-Copy software products containing a “DVD ripper” that allows the copying of movie DVDs.

A spokesman for Technology One could not be immediately reached for comment.

Following two court orders, 321 Studios began shipping a “ripper-free” version of its software, but the lawsuit alleges Technology One continued to sell the ripper-included version.

“Technology One, by categorically refusing to comply with the studios' cease and desist notices, will learn from the courts that by continuing to sell the banned software it is breaking the law,” stated Jim Spertus, VP and director, U.S. antipiracy operations. “With two Federal injunctions prohibiting the further sale of 321's DVD circumvention products, it has no excuse to flout the law.”

The lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court in the Southern District of New York, marks the first case in which the content companies have pursued one of 321 Studios' retail outlets. It seeks an injunction against further sale of the software as well as damages, including all profits from the sales of these illegal products.

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