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RealNetworks Gives Up On RealDVD; Will Pay Studios $4.5 Million

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Rob Glaser is still chairman of the board but it looks like the post-Glaser era at RealNetworks (NSDQ: RNWK) is well underway. The latest unraveling: Real is giving up the fight over RealDVD, the software deemed a copyright killer by the studios because it allowed users to store an image of copy-protected DVDs. After the market closed Wednesday, the company said it is dropping its appeal against a U.S. District Court preliminary injunction — and accepting a permanent injunction “that will prohibit RealNetworks from distributing or supporting RealDVD or any other technology that enables the duplication of copyrighted content protected by the Content Scramble System, ARccOS, or RipGuard.” The action is part of a consent judgment settlement approved today by U.S. District Judge Marilyn Patel.

In his statement, acting CEO Robert Kimball once again talked about the need for Real to focus on its “core” business — a constant thread over the last few months as Real plans to spin off Rhapsody America, among other steps — and to placate the studios: “Until this dispute, Real had always enjoyed a productive working relationship with Hollywood. With this litigation resolved, I hope that in the future we can find mutually beneficial ways to use Real technology to bring Hollywood