3-2-1 Studios has been sued out of business

3-2-1 Studios, best known for its DVDXCopy software, has been sued out of business by the MPAA lynch mob.

It’s unfortunate. The company had a number of good products, and they were in at least one regard a very cool company.I had some of their products for DVD editing and authoring. I liked them. I also really liked one thing about the company’s policy. Unlike most companies, who make their money by making a piece of software and then selling upgrades to it, 3-2-1 had a policy of free upgrades for life. You could just download the newest version whenever you wanted.

So it’s a shame.

I never bought DVDXCopy, as I had no use for the software. I’ve never looked into copying DVDs, so I can’t judge whether the free alternatives to DVDXCopy are, as alleged on Slashdot, better.

I do regret that it’s legal to make copies of movies for personal use but illegal to provide the tools one would use to exercise that right.

One thought on “3-2-1 Studios has been sued out of business

  • August 16, 2004 at 1:09 pm
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    Yeah, that’s too bad. I know there’s sufficient freeware out there to perform the same functions as DVDXCopy, but 3-2-1 made the whole thing alot easier.

    Oh, yeah, to the MPAA: So why *shouldn’t* I be able to backup DVDs that I purchased ? The darn things are too fragile, esp. if you have kids around the house. That cartoon they want to watch over & over gets copied to a $0.50 DVD-R for them to (ab)use and the orig gets stored in a safe place. I fail to see how this is infringing on anything.

    Golly, I feel so much safer now…

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