A French appeals court in Paris has ruled that movie companies must remove copy protection from DVDs within a month or face financial penalties. The court has granted UFC-Que Choisir...

A French appeals court in Paris has ruled that movie companies must remove copy protection from DVDs within a month or face financial penalties. The court has granted UFC-Que Choisir (a French consumer protection organization), a prohibition on DVD copy protection devices , because they are incompatible with private copying rights. The lobbying group supports the private individual, who was unable to copy his Mulholland Drive DVD to a VHS tape to watch at his mother's house.

A higher appeals court may still overturn the decision because the ruling may conflict with EU copyright laws – which allow for DRM systems.

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