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DVD Copy Control Association loses case against DVD ripper

March 30th, 2007 · No Comments

In what could prove a landmark case for digital distribution of video, a US Superior Court judge has ruled against the DVD Copy Control Association in its battle to stop from selling DVD-ripping home server products.
Kaleidescape argued that nothing in the DVD CCA licensing agreement prohibited the copying of DVDs for private use, and therefore by definition it had not breached the DVD licensing agreement it has with the DVD CCA. The judge agreed, saying that Kaleidescape cannot be accused of breach of contract because the standard licensing contract and specifications for DVD are too vague.
Kaleidescape’s server allows owners of DVDs to rip their discs for storage and distribution across a home network.¬† Judge Leslie C. Nichols said he refused the DVD CCA’s request because the specification forthe¬† DVD Content Scramble System is not part of the DVD licensing agreement. The judge also blasted the DVD CCA for refusing to offer legal or technical help to Kaleidescape even though the company repeatedly sought help and clarification.

Tags: DVD · Internet and networking · Trade

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