The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is seeking aninjunction from the High Court in London preventing the sale and distributionof 321 Studios' DVD-pirating software.

MPAA president Jack Valenti said in a statement, 'Companies thatstand to profit from the violation of copyright laws should be brought to book.

'No-one should be under any illusions about the damage that thisdangerous software would do to consumer choice and film-making.'

Lawyers for the MPAA claim 321 Studios' software is in breach ofthe Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

Valenti added: 'The law does not allow for the copying ofcommercial DVDs, and technologies designed to get round copyright protectionare plain unlawful.'

The MPAA isHollywood's foremost lobby group and is in the throes of a high-profilecampaign against piracy, which it claims costs the industry more than $3bn ayear in lost sales.