RealNetworks Sues to Protect Audio Format

With support from the music industry, RealNetworks is suing Streambox, a company that makes technology for converting RealAudio files to other formats—notably Microsoft’s—and provides extra streaming functionality to users. RealNetworks characterizes Streambox applications as "hacker tools" for breaking copyright protection. In mid-January, a judge ruled that Streambox could not distribute two of its products, pending a trial to determine whether they violate copyright law. However, the ruling allows Streambox to continue to sell its basic audio file conversion program, Ripper.

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