321 Studios reaches postmortem deal with MPAA

One of 321 Studios' last corporate acts will be paying off the companies that drove it to extinction.

The St. Louis developer of commercial software for copying DVDs and other digital content posted a closing notice on its Web site last week, saying that court injunctions barring U.S. sales of its software left it with no choice but to discontinue operations. On Tuesday, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) announced a settlement deal with the now-defunct company.

321 Studios will make a "substantial" financial payment to the motion picture studios it had been battling in court, according to the MPAA. Those funds will be donated to the motion picture industry's antipiracy campaign.

The terms of the settlement also call for 321 Studios to cease selling its software -- a moot issue since the company's closure.

"321 Studios built its business on the flawed premise that it could profit from violating the motion picture studios' copyrights," MPAA Chief Executive Officer Jack Valenti said in a prepared statement. "This is not the end of the story in our massive fight against piracy."

321 Studios could not be reached for comment. The company began its legal crusade in April 2002, when it filed suit against several motion picture companies as a pre-emptive strike, seeking the court's endorsement of the legality of its products. A countersuit followed, and by June of this year 321 Studios was entangled in a legal morass that the company's founder forecast would lead to bankruptcy.

MPAA spokesman Matthew Grossman said settlement talks with 321 Studios were under way before the company's collapse. Despite the shutdown, the MPAA is confident it will be paid according to the settlement deal's terms, he said.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Stacy Cowley

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?