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DVD Copy Control Association reaches settlement with Kaleidescape

The DVD Copy Control Association has reached a settlement agreement with home server developer Kaleidescape that will result in the end of long-standing litigation over Kaleidescape?s use of the Content Scramble System (CSS). CSS is the patented technology that, together with the requirements of the CSS License Agreement, protects copyrighted content on DVDs from being copied.

Under the settlement agreement, two significant actions have occurred in the California courts.

First, at Kaleidescape's request, the California Sixth District Court of Appeal dismissed the company's appeal of a California trial court's 2012 judgment. The trial court had ruled that Kaleidescape?s DVD playback device known as the Kaleidescape System breached the license because it used CSS to make permanent copies of DVD content, which could then be played back without any need for the actual DVD.

Second, the court granted the joint request of DVD CCA and Kaleidescape to put into effect the injunction previously issued by that court to prohibit Kaleidescape from using CSS in breach of the CSS License Agreement.

The remaining terms of the settlement agreement between DVD CCA and Kaleidescape are confidential. The effect of the settlement agreement and the actions by the two California courts is to conclude the lawsuit DVDCCA brought against Kaleidescape to preserve the integrity of the CSS license agreement?s anti-copying mandate.

Story filed 17.06.14

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