RealDVD Suspends Sales, May Reappear Overnight

Judge asks for day to study suit before deciding if Hollywood can stop sales.

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Get your mice and checkbooks ready. RealNetworks has temporarily suspended sales of its useful DVD-ripping software, RealDVD. But the suspension may get lifted overnight, and if so, nobody knows for how long.

The company suspended sales at the request of a judge who is studying a suit filed by movie studios, says a Real spokesman. The judge wanted a day to study studio demands that Real stop sales pending a final judgment.

If RealDVD goes up for sale again, it may be for only days or even hours. Real is trying to break new legal ground, and it's up against high-dollar lawyers from Hollywood.