Educators and other consumers will not be able to buy software that can copy movies in digital video disc (DVD) format onto blank discs for personal or classroom "fair use," if a federal judge's ruling is upheld.

Siding with Hollywood studios in a high-profile copyright case, Judge Susan Illston ruled Feb. 20 that software made by Chesterfield, Missouri-based 321 Studios violates the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which prohibits the circumvention of anti-piracy measures such as the Content Scramble System protecting movies on DVDs.

The judge ordered the company to...

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