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Appeared on: Saturday, February 21, 2004
321 Studios appeal the CA court ruling

321 Studios will appeal today’s ruling of the Northern District Court of California’s Judge Susan Illston, and will seek a stay during the appeal process

“Despite today’s ruling , 321 stands firm in our vow to fight the Hollywood Studios in their effort to take away our customers’ digital rights,” said Robert Moore, Founder and President of 321 Studios. “There is no difference between making a copy of a music CD for personal use and making a backup of a DVD movie for personal use. We are so firm in our belief in the principle of fair use that we will appeal this ruling immediately. And we will take our fight all the way to the Supreme Court, if that’s what it takes to win.”

Judge Illston found 321’s software in violation of section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and enjoined 321 from manufacturing, distributing, or otherwise trafficking in any type of DVD circumvention software as of seven days from today.

The current version of 321’s DVDXCOPY series will be available for sale for the next seven days. If 321 has not succeeded in obtaining a stay by that time, 321 will comply with the court order and replace the current version with product that does not include a “ripper,” the software code temporarily banned by today’s ruling.


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