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Appeared on: Saturday, February 15, 2003
321: Countdown to court date for DVDXCopy vendor...

As EMediaPro posted "...April 25, 2003 marks the first court date for St- Louis-based 321 Studios, who will attempt to defend the legality of its software DVD Copy Plus and DVD X Copy. The software allows consumers to make back up copies of their DVD collections using a DVD-R or DVD-RW drive..."

and continues "...Specifically, 321 sells two products. First is DVD Copy Plus, which allows its user to take any DVD and make backup copies onto a CD. With this product, users can expect a loss in quality because video material is compressed from DVD-compatible MPEG-2 to VideoCD-compatible MPEG-1. The second, DVD X Copy, allows a perfect DVD backup. Federal disclaimers and watermarks are incorporated, however. It does not limit the amount of copies made from the original disc, but copies can not be made from a copy. 321 insists that the key selling point for the product is the fragility of DVDs, which necessitates backing them up because once they are scratched they won't play. Whatís more, they say DVD X Copy will still let a user back up a scratched DVD and put a blip where the information is lost so the copy will still be viewable. Thus far, combined sales for the two products is close to 170,000 copies..."

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