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Ruling for Kaleidescape in DVD CCA challenge

Home media server manufacturer Kaleidescape won a court case brought by the DVD Copy Control Association, claiming the company violated its standard licensing contract.

The DVD CCA took issue with the functionality of the server, designed to store all of the owner's movies and music, ripping them from their original source discs for playback at a later time, thus accusing Kaleidescape of opening the door to massive copyright infringement and arguing that any device that played movies from a DVD needed to have physical access to the disc in order to do so.

The California judge ruled that the set of CSS specifications was not technically included as part of the license agreement. As a result, Kaleidescape is in full compliance with the DVD CCA's CSS license.

Observers noted that the complexity of the DVD CCA's licensing agreement proved to be its downfall, producing a confusing standard licensing contract.

Story filed 01.04.07

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