Studios Sue Over RealDVD

As expected, Hollywood is none too happy about RealNetworks’ new RealDVD DVD copying software. So unhappy, in fact, that the Motion Picture Association of America has filed a lawsuit to block it from being sold. The major studios claim that RealDVD violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by allowing a user to make multiple copies of content and distribute it to others.

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TorrentSpy 0, Hollywood $111,000,000

Hollywood studios won legal victory against file sharing today, as a judge awarded a $111 million judgment against BitTorrent site TorrentSpy for copyright infringement. But the MPAA, which represented the studios, shouldn’t spend that money yet. Valence Media, which operated TorrentSpy shut the site down in March and is seeking bankruptcy protection in UK courts.

Valence was fined $30,000 for each violation for the approximately 3,700 illicit movie and TV downloads. This is the maximum fine allowed by the Copyright Act.

According to TorrentFreak, TorrentSpy was the most popular BitTorrent site in 2006. But in August of 2007, a federal judge ordered the site to monitor and record all its user activity data. TorrentSpy responded instead by blocking access to U.S. users. The MPAA kept up the legal pressure forcing TorrentSpy to shut itself down.

The Threat Level blog writes that TorrentSpy did not lose this case on merits, rather it defaulted when it failed to provide internal records. TorrentSpy has appealed the default order.

Suing Backfires. BitTorrent Traffic Up 24%

You know those high-profile lawsuits the MPAA are bringing against the Pirate Bay and other BitTorrent sites? Well…they’re kinda helping boost BitTorrent Traffic, according to Ars Technica. All the publicity surrounding the suits may be attracting new users who had previously not known where to get BitTorrent files.

Online measurement firm Big Champagne said that average BitTorrent traffic rose to 8.2 million downloaders during the two months between mid-January and mid-March from 6.6 million downloaders in the month before Christmas. And the jump isn’t just an anomaly. Big Champagne told Ars Technica: “The baseline has been elevated.”

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