Should educators and others be allowed to purchase software that can copy movies in digital video disc (DVD) format onto blank discs for personal or classroom "fair use"? That's the question at issue in a new court battle pitting movie studio executives against the maker of one such program.

An increasingly popular class of software lets consumers make duplicate DVDs as backups by copying movies onto inexpensive blank discs using a personal computer. With two mouse clicks, one such package creates a near-perfect copy of a two-hour feature in as little as 20 minutes.

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