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Re: [dvd-discuss] 321 Studios Sued for Software Patent Infringement

On 15 Feb 2004 at 8:44, Seth Johnson wrote:

Date sent:      	Sun, 15 Feb 2004 08:44:19 -0500
From:           	Seth Johnson <seth.johnson@realmeasures.dyndns.org>
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Subject:        	[dvd-discuss] 321 Studios Sued for Software Patent Infringement
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> > http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/7954256.htm
> DVD firm sued by trade group
> Posted on Sat, Feb. 14, 2004 
> A film industry group that oversees copy protection technology of movie DVDs
> filed a patent infringement lawsuit Friday against 321 Studios Inc., the maker
> of popular DVD-copying programs.

THe reference doesn't state but I wonder what "software" patents they are 
alleged to be infringing? This might be an interesting case to get the whole 
"software patent" nonsense out into the open...the patent office is not only 
out of control it's understaffed, overworked and gotten downright stupid

> The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New
> York, is the latest salvo by the DVD Copy Control Association in its larger
> fight against what the movie industry considers unauthorized usage of its
> content.
> The move also reflects the organization's strategic shift to go after
> businesses instead of individuals. Last month, the group dropped its trade
> secret case against San Francisco programmer Andrew Bunner and hundreds of
> others who helped post on the Internet copies of a code that cracks the
> movie copy-protection technology known as the Content Scramble System.

Yes and if they do as they have done with smartcards, then they can get the 
lists of purchasers and start sueing them directly without having to 
investigate....the new line is "YOU bought ________, therefore you must be 

> In all the cases, 321 denies any wrongdoing.
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