As Expected, MPAA Sues Movie Streaming Site That Uses Connected DVD Players

from the who-didn't-see-that-coming dept

When Zediva launched, we already knew it was going to face a legal fight from the MPAA and the movie studios. The company lets people stream movies they want to see, but tries to get around the legal licensing issues by only streaming directly from internet connected DVD players, playing legitimately acquired DVDs. Their argument is that it's really no different than renting a movie and bringing it to your own DVD player. And, perhaps, the Cablevision ruling in the US on remote DVRs gives them some support for their position. But, there was no way the industry was going to just let this go by without any sort of fight. And, so, the MPAA has now sued the company claiming that it's a "sham," and that Zediva is running an illegal video-on-demand service without the proper licenses. In some ways, this case could also impact the attempts by cloud music players to stream legitimate content without a license as well.

All of these situations -- the remote DVR, the remote DVD and cloud music players -- all involve the entertainment industry demanding extra payments for how you use legitimately purchased content. It's really quite amazing what a stunning sense of entitlement the entertainment industry has here. Even if you've legitimately purchased their content, they want to limit what you can actually do with it unless you pay another licensing fee. It's really quite ridiculous and shows the level of desperation these firms are reaching.

Filed Under: copyright, dvd, remote
Companies: mpaa, zediva

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    \r, 5 Apr 2011 @ 8:15am

    Media meet History

    I'm callin it - right now - DVDs and movie rental stores and that artificial "empty shelf" scarcity - They're fucked and they know it. Windowing will live on for a while I think so that one's too early to call. But - the DVD and the old rental model is done, smoked. Called it. Copies and images *are* all but limitless - and that, I'm afraid, is the cold, hard fact. They can either move on or mire down the court system that will force them, as they always do, to get with the times.

    Just the smallest of tweaky tweakies to their current licensing models will surely assure them of many years of continued income without reckless capital diverted to prevent their own growth.

    " Here's a current movie and television show image list with the rental fee and time limits in the right columns. Just select your image and enter the code into your television, computer, cell phone or media player to begin watching"

    DVD's are ass.


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