DVD Copying Case Postponed
A court hearing set for Friday in the case of 321 Studios, which sells DVD copying technologies, has been postponed.
No new date is yet known for the hearing, said a spokesperson for the Motion Picture Association of America who asked not to be named. The MPAA is representing nine motion picture companies in the case.
The hearing in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California concerns a lawsuit by 321 Studios against the motion picture companies. A judge will consider whether the company is on solid constitutional ground to sue nine major motion picture companies to prevent them from blocking the distribution of its software.
The postponement of the hearing, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, comes one year after
The suit names MGM Studios, Tristar Pictures, Columbia Pictures Industries, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Time Warner Entertainment, Disney Enterprises, Universal City Studios, The Saul Zaentz, and Pixar as defendants.
The case tests the ramifications of the
The defendants are asking for the case to be thrown out.
"We think the facts in this case are very cut and dry and a trial is not necessary," said Marta Grutka, a spokesperson for the Motion Picture Association of America, which is representing the defendants.
Both sides are closely watching the suit, which could potentially test the limits of the DMCA. The Act was written with the aim of protecting intellectual property rights in the digital realm but some civil liberty advocates claim that it curtails citizens fair use and free speech rights.
The MPAA believes that 321 Studios' is in clear violation of the DMCA with the distribution of its software, Grutka said, adding that the lawsuit is an attempt to retry already tested provisions of the law.
It will be up to the judge to decide if 321 Studios' constitutional claim is enough to warrant a trial in the case.