If this thread violates forum rules, please close it. http://www.imdb.com/news/sb/#2 321 Software Tosses in the Towel 321 Software, whose software for copying DVDs won PC Magazine's award as the best product of 2003 but was denounced as a tool for piracy by the Motion Picture Association of America, reached a final settlement with the MPAA on Tuesday. Already in its death throes following an unsuccessful battle against the MPAA that resulted in its bankruptcy, 321 signed an agreement with the studios to cease selling its software anywhere in the world and to make "a substantial financial payment." The MPAA said that it would use the settlement funds for its antipiracy education program. In announcing the settlement, outgoing MPAA chief Jack Valenti said, "321 Studios built its business on the flawed premise that it could profit from violating the motion picture studios' copyrights." Software developers and PC publications who maintained that the 321 software had legitimate uses viewed the settlement otherwise. "Movie Studios Extract Pound of Flesh from 321," blared a headline in Britain's Computer Buyer magazine. The technology news service IDG News called the settlement a "postmortem deal," and observed that one of 321's final corporate acts would now be "paying off the companies that drove it to extinction." While 321 Studios started the 'backup' software phoenomenon, they have lost only to see dozens of other companies take their place.