A federal judge has ruled that while consumers have a right to make a backup copy of a DVD for their own personal use, nonetheless, software to actually make that backup copy is illegal. According to US District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel:
The court appreciates Real’s argument that a consumer has a right to make a backup copy of a DVD for their own personal use. A federal law has nonetheless made it illegal to manufacture or traffic in a device or tool that permits a consumer to make such copies.
The judge granted a preliminary injunction to take the product off the market, but a date has not yet been set for the full trial.