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CSS license violator ordered to recall DVD products

The Motion Picture Association of America announced that its member companies have won a breach of contract lawsuit against AKI Digital Electrical Appliance. The US District Court found that the company breached its CSS license by selling DVD players that lacked appropriate security features that prohibit the unlawful reproduction and distribution of filmed entertainment.

The ruling requires AKI to recall all products in violation of the CSS license and pay the studios’ legal fees. This is the eighth such lawsuit that has concluded with a court-ordered injunction mandating a DVD product manufacturer to adhere to the content security features of the CSS license.

The motion picture studios are third-party beneficiaries of the CSS license and may enforce it against licensees who fail to honor its terms. The studios have won two injunctions against DVD player manufacturers and six injunctions against DVD chip manufacturers.

According to a recent study by the Institute for Policy Innovation the US economy loses $58 billion annually to copyright infringement resulting in the loss of nearly 375,000 jobs and the loss of $2.6 billion in annual tax revenues.

The worldwide motion picture industry, including foreign and domestic producers, distributors, theaters, video stores and pay-per-view operators lost $18.2 billion in 2005 as a result of piracy – over $7 billion of which is attributed to Internet piracy and more than $11 billion attributed to hard goods piracy including bootlegging and illegal copying.

Story filed 11.11.07

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