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Movie server company Kaleidescape’s lawsuit ends

Paddy Baker 6 June 2014
Movie server company Kaleidescape's lawsuit ends

The decade-long legal dispute between Kaleidescape and the DVD Copy Control Association (DVD CCA) ended last week when the two parties reached a settlement. From 30 November 2014 the movie server manufacturer will no longer sell systems that can rip DVDs with CSS (Content Scramble System) protection. For DVD servers sold within the US, the disc will need to be present in the system to be played. Outside the US, the system will be sold as a Blu-ray server only.

Kaleidescape says that it expects to have most DVD movies available for US customers to download from the Kaleidescape store from the end of November.

“This agreement is a watershed moment for Kaleidescape. Electronically delivered movies are the future of home video. This agreement allows us to focus on creating the future of digital content ownership,” said Cheena Srinivasan, the company’s founder and CEO .

Under the agreement, Kaleidescape asked for its appeal of the 2012 California court judgement to be dismissed. The court had found that Kaleidescape had breached the terms of its license with the DVD CCA.

With the appeal dismissed, the case returned to a trial court, where the parties jointly requested that the injunction previously issued to Kaleidescape, to stop producing DVD-ripping equipment, be put into effect from 30 November.

“The remaining terms of the settlement agreement between DVD CCA and Kaleidescape are confidential,” said a DVD CCA statement.

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