Hollywood Kills More Innovation; Judge Overturns DVD Jukebox Ruling

from the *sigh* dept

Well, there goes that one. Just a few hours ago, we were writing about how Judge Patel's district court ruling barring Real Networks RealDVD system seemed to conflict with a California state court ruling for Kaleidescape. It's true that there were some differences in the details behind the ruling, but it might not matter either way, as a state appeals court has reversed the lower court ruling and has basically said that Kaleidescape's DVD backup system likely violates the DRM found on DVDs.

Once again, we're seeing a fearful Hollywood, unwilling to innovate itself, using the courts and the law to stomp out anyone who innovates. The Kaleidescape product is clearly not for "piracy" purposes. It's a server that costs around $10,000, and is designed for high-end movie fans, who want to store all of their legally purchased movies on a server so they can watch it. It didn't serve any sort of "piracy" purpose whatsoever. But, thanks to Hollywood freaking out over the fact that anyone might make a copy of a movie, even for perfectly legal backup purposes, that device may now be dead.

Time and time again, we hear folks in the entertainment industry insist that they want to support technological innovation, but their actions show otherwise. They tried (and failed) to outlaw the VCR. They tried (and failed) to outlaw the MP3 player. But lately they've been succeeding in outlawing products just because they don't like them. Doesn't that seem like a massive problem?
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    PaulT (profile), 13 Aug 2009 @ 12:20am

    Re: Re:

    "If the "current entrenched producers go broke" because piracy reached such a high level that there was no real income remaining, nobody would want to jump into that hole."

    Yes, they would. They would do so with a business model that makes money in the digital world rather than clinging onto an outdated model that doesn't. So long as an audience exists for movies, they will always exist because there's money to be made - just not necessarily from the sale of plastic discs.

    Nothing "hippy" about it. Capitalism is possible and successful without needing to overcharge for every single use of media. The problem right now is that Hollywood is attempting to block innovations that would actually encourage people to *spend more money*, in an industry that's 100% dependent on discretionary and unnecessary spending.

    "If there is no money in making content, nobody will make content professionally. Simple as that."

    Then how do you explain the huge amount of amateur and non-profit (the infamous "free!") material that's available for download without payment with the permission of the creator? There's such a massive amount of content being given away that instantly negates your point (though, admittedly, less movies than other media).

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