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Appeared on: Wednesday, February 25, 2004
321 Studios cuts descrambler

321 Studios said it would continue to sell a slighty modified product despite a ruling finding it in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Robert Moore, founder and president of the company, said it would remove the descrambling facility from its DVD Copy Plus and DVD X Copy and continue to sell them. Users would now have to obtain for themselves a separate descrambler from the Internet, he added.

Moore, said the ruling, "swings the pendulum of fairness toward the intellectual-property holders, and away from consumers. I think it's swung too far the [wrong] way," AP reported.

321 Studios maintains users have the right to make DVD copies for themselves in order to have back-up copies should the original disks become damaged.

But last week, San Franciscan. District Judge Susan Illston gave the company one week in which to stop making, distributing "or otherwise trafficking in any type of DVD circumvention software."


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