A judge has finally ordered RealNetworks to put its DVD ripping service, RealDVD, to sleep because apparently it's "illegal to bypass the copyright protections built into DVDs designed to protect movies against theft." Whoops. As part of its legal loss against the Motion Picture Association of America, the media delivery company will be forced to shell out $4.5 million for legal costs.

While this whole thing is a bit painful for RealNetworks, will anyone actually miss RealDVD when there are plenty of free DVD-ripping solutions? [All Things D]