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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  1. identicon
    Rekrul, 11 Apr 2011 @ 11:54pm

    Earlier today, I tried to track down a digital version of a book that I own. I went to Amazon out of curiosity, but they didn't even have the book listed, at least not the edition that I had. Even if they had it, I don't own a Kindle, so I probably couldn't buy a digital copy anyway.

    So then I tried to find an unauthorized source for it. Since it's a fairly obscure book, I didn't have much hope. Eventually I ended up on a site which claimed to have it (well, a version of it, not sure which one) and they had download links listed as TXT, PDF, etc. Ever hopeful, I clicked on the PDF link and it downloaded a zip file with the name of the book. However when I unpacked it, it was an installer for some program and a text file with instructions. Apparently you're supposed to install the program, which will then give you access to their online library. I immediately deleted it.

    I was just struck by the ridiculousness of it. They want you to jump through hoops to view a simple document file! Something that should be incredible simple is needlessly complicated by a company wanting to impose control.

    It seems like that's happening with everything today, videos, music, books, software, electronics, you name it. Everywhere you turn, things that should be easy and simple to use are being made more complex just so that a few aging companies can feel like they're still in control.

    It makes me sick.

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