Real in court to defend DVD ripping

Real Networks goes to court today to test the legality of its RealDVD ripping software - and the next generation of ripping DVD players. Although th

Real Networks goes to court today to test the legality of its RealDVD ripping software - and the next generation of ripping DVD players.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has already lost a similar case against Kaleidescape, which makes high-end media servers that can rip up to thousands of DVDs at home.

If Real wins, the New York Times is reporting that Real will push forward with plans to incorporate Linux-powered DVD ripping technology called Facet into affordable, sub-$300 (£200) DVD players.

Apparently, it already has one consumer electronics company lined up to license the platform, a prototype of which can rip a film in 20 minutes and store about 70 titles.

Would you pay extra for Facet technology? And would it encourage you to rent rather than buy films? Or is this just two outdated organisations fighting over the bones of DVD, when the future is all about Blu-ray and downloads?