DVD XCopy Maker Shuts Doors
Barred from selling its DVD copying application in February, 321 Studios has finally given up in its battle with Hollywood.This past Monday, 321 Studios shut its doors. Maker of the once popular DVD copying applications, DVD X Copy and DVD Copy Plus, the St. Charles, Missouri company has brought an end to nearly two years of legal battles with the leading Hollywood Studios, which felt the software was in violation of federal law. In February, the company was barred from selling its DVD copying engine, and it could no longer afford to carry on. 321s legal battles began in early 2002, when CEO Robert Moore read a news article wherein a spokesperson for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)the organization that represents film, home video, and television companiesaccused the company of selling piracy software in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and threatened legal action.
The company soon filed a declaratory relief action, a way of preempting a lawsuit, asking a court to rule that DVD Copy Plus is not in violation of the DMCA. The action named nine different movie studios as defendants: Columbia Pictures Industry, Disney Enterprises, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Pixar, The Saul Zaentz Company, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Time Warner Entertainment, TriStar Pictures, and Universal City Studios. In December of that year, seven of those nine filed a counter suit, seeking not only to re-move the tools from the market but also to recover damages from 321 Studios.