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New blow to DVD copying

A second federal court has barred software company 321 Studios from distributing its popular DVD-copying software. New York federal judge Richard Owen said Wednesday that the company's products violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, agreeing with the pair of Hollywood studios that filed the case last year.

Owen's ruling follows a similar decision in San Francisco late last month, which also blocked 321 Studios from shipping any products that made backups of copy-protected Hollywood films. The company has already removed the DVD "ripping," or copying, component of its software but has promised to appeal the San Francisco ruling.