In a case that could affect educators who want to make backup copies of movies they legally purchase, RealNetworks on Oct. 7 failed to convince a district judge to lift a restraining order and allow the company to start selling its DVD copying software again until she learns from experts how the software functions, CNET reports. That means RealDVD, which enables users to copy a DVD and store it on their hard drive, is unlikely to reappear in the marketplace for at least another month and perhaps longer. U.S. District Judge Marilyn Patel indicated she wouldn’t be available for another hearing until after Nov. 17. "I am extending the temporary restraining order because I’m not satisfied in the fact that this technology is not in violation," Patel said following the three-hour hearing. "There are serious questions about copyright violations. There are questions about violations of the DMCA [Digital Millennium Copyright Act] and violations of these companies’ agreement." Hollywood claims RealDVD violates the DMCA by circumventing the anti-copy protections on DVDs to enable consumers to copy movies. The software also violates RealNetworks’ agreement with the DVD Copy Control Association, the group responsible for protecting DVDs against piracy, according to lawyers for the Motion Picture Association of America. James DiBoise, RealNetworks’ attorney, appeared to get the better of the movie industry early on in the hearing. He told Patel that RealDVD enables consumers to copy a film, store it on a hard drive, and does so without cracking any of the copy protections found on a DVD. There isn’t anything in the company’s agreement with the DVD Copy Control Association that prohibited what RealDVD does, he argued…

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