Remember when RealNetworks said it wasn't giving up on RealDVD
, that it would fight the good fight and appeal the August ruling
finding its DVD copying application wasn't quite
legal. Well, a lot of things can change in five months and now it seems Real is caving in to the inevitable crush of the movie industry, setting the lawsuit filed by the MPAA
for $4.5 million and instantly turning existing copies of RealDVD into collectors items. (Hope you kept those boxes in mint condition!) What's next for Real remains to be seen, as the company just spun off Rhapsody
to be its own thing, but surely whatever it comes up with will not involve the copying of copyrighted things onto other things.