RealNetworks, Streambox Settle Copyright Case
General IP Issues
9/8/2000; 2:48:14 PM 'Streaming-media software company RealNetworks (RNWK) ended one of the first tests of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act on Friday with an out-of court settlement with Streambox, a software rival it had accused of copyright infringement.
'RealNetworks' federal suit, filed Dec. 22 in Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington, accused Streambox of violating the DMCA with its Streambox Ripper and Streambox VCR products. The Ripper converts RealAudio files, which can be copy-protected by their owners, into MP3, WAV or Windows Media files, which lack similar copy protection. Streambox VCR can play and record video streams in the RealPlayer G2 format, also sidestepping copy protection.'