RealNetworks loses lengthy RealDVD battle, TiVo gets closer to victory in its patent battle against EchoStar, and Google tries to make YouTube more accessible to hearing-impaired viewers.
Federal judge issues a permanent injunction against RealDVD sales and Real agrees to pay $4.5 million to reimburse Hollywood studios for legal fees in copyright suit.
Real asks appeals court to overturn federal judge's decision to halt sales of DVD-copying software.
Real likely doesn't have much chance of removing a ban on sales of DVD-copying software but there's little cost to the company to try.
Federal judge sides with Hollywood and issues a preliminary injunction that will prevent RealNetworks from selling RealDVD software.
Movie studios allege patent application filed by RealNetworks proves company misled the court about circumventing copy protection measures.
In case to decide whether RealNetworks can once again sell RealDVD, MPAA tells judge that consumers never have the right to make a copy under the DMCA.
Judge is known for delivering relatively speedy decisions. But, even if Real loses in this preceding, company could still prevail at trial. We have a long way to go yet.
Former Microsoft exec disputes that Hollywood banned DVD copying in license for Content Scramble System.
During RealDVD hearing, Rob Glaser says studios could help prevent the illegal copying of rented DVDs by helping devices recognize those discs as rentals.