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Updated below: Always trust Rob Glaser to stir the pot, even if in the end Steve Jobs ends up taking the credit for everything. RealNetworks…

imageUpdated below: Always trust Rob Glaser to stir the pot, even if in the end Steve Jobs ends up taking the credit for everything. RealNetworks (NSDQ: RNWK) has filed a pre-emptive lawsuit against major studios, in an attempt to ward off any attempts to stop the launch of its DVD ripping software RealDVD, which launched in open today after a closed beta. In a statement, the company said that it is asking for “declaratory judgment against DVD Copy Control Association, Inc., Disney (NYSE: DIS) Enterprises, Inc., Paramount Pictures Corp., Sony (NYSE: SNE) Pictures Entertainment, Inc., Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., NBC Universal (NYSE: GE), Inc., Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., and Viacom (NYSE: VIA), Inc., in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The lawsuit asks the court to rule that RealNetworks Home Entertainment, Inc.

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