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Macrovision Files Antipiracy Suit

15 Jun, 2005 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Macrovision Corp. today filed a lawsuit against Sima Products and Interburn Enterprises, alleging the two companies' products infringe upon its copy protection technology and violate provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

The DMCA prohibits circumvention of content copy protection mechanisms.

The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York, seeks the immediate halt in sales of five products from Oakmont, Pa.-based Sima, including GoDVD and CopyThis! — so-called “video enhancers” that allow users to copy content on VHS to DVD, DVD to VHS and DVD-to-DVD.

A Sima spokesperson said the suit “came as a surprise to us” since it had not yet been served by Macrovision. She said several of the products named in the suit had been on the market for a while and were part of ongoing discussions with Macrovision. She declined further comment.

Upstart online vendor Interburn, according to its Web site, sells 10 separate DVD, CD, audio and video software copying programs that were originally developed and marketed by defunct 321 Studios.

St. Louis-based 321 last August settled with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) after two years of litigation from film studios, video game manufacturers and Macrovision.

As part of the settlement, 321 made a “substantial financial payment” to the MPAA's anti-piracy education program and the company and founders agreed to cease selling illegal DVD copying software on a worldwide basis.

A representative from Interburn was not immediately available for comment.

“The Sima and Interburn products have very limited commercial uses other than to circumvent Macrovision's copy protection technology,” said Macrovision CEO Bill Krepick, in a statement. “The … lawsuit is based on a fundamental cornerstone of the American economic system: Protection of intellectual capital.”

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