In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, 321 Studios of St. Louis wants a judge to declare that its product, DVD Copy Plus, does not violate copyright laws.
"It's a critical issue in this digital age," said 321 President Robert Moore, who started the company in July as a hobby. "Someone's got to stand up and say it's wrong when you can't make a copy of something you own."
The program, based on controversial open-source code that descrambles DVD encryption, is designed to let users make a backup copy of a DVD movie. The suit argues that copyright laws allow such copying for personal use.
Moore, a veteran software developer, has sold 75,000 copies of DVD Copy Plus over the Internet. The firm has 32 employees and has opened offices in three cities, including Berkeley, with hopes of expanding into retail stores.