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DVD Chips to Comply with Content Protection License
« on: April 12, 2006, 06:01:17 am »

This is a press release that we just got direct from the Motion Picture Association. It will be interesting to see what will be the mandated acceptable technology put into place exactly that will not expose DVDs to "piracy." Of course I still fully believe that ripping DVD content that I own for my personal usage is something that should be fully allowable, especially when you are trying to find an accessible space for a couple hundred of them. Anyway, while this is all interesting, do not expect the "end of the world." Still it is quite possible that we will see some fallout and some associated costs passed on to consumers.


    April 11, 2006

    Los Angeles -- The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) today announced that its member companies have successfully resolved yet another breach of contract lawsuit involving non-compliant DVD chips that enable piracy. This is the sixth such lawsuit that has concluded with a court-ordered injunction mandating a DVD chip manufacturer to adhere to the content security features of the CSS license. With the new injunction against Sunplus Technology Co., Inc., the world’s second largest DVD chip manufacturer, all of the major DVD chip manufacturers are now bound by court order to honor the CSS license. The studios now plan to focus greater attention on other products, such as DVD players, that may also violate the license and expose copyrighted material to piracy. Investigations have been underway for months, and the studios are considering appropriate enforcement action.

    "Protecting content through the security features that are required by the CSS license is critical to ensuring that creative works are not illegally reproduced. Every company that has signed the CSS license must honor its terms by making secure products that protect DVDs from piracy,” said Dan Robbins, Chief Technology Counsel for the MPAA. "Like any business, we must work to enforce the mechanisms that protect our product, and we will continue to do so.”

    The CSS license has provided the baseline protection that enables film studios to provide consumers with over 45,000 DVD titles. The motion picture studios are third-party beneficiaries of the CSS license and may enforce it against licensees who fail to honor its terms.

    A federal interagency report published in 2004 estimated that counterfeit and pirated goods, including those of copyrighted works, cost the American economy $250 billion a year. The MPAA estimates its member companies lost $3.5 billion in 2004 due to piracy of hard goods alone, not including losses due to Internet-based activities. A Smith Barney study released in 2003 predicted the movie industry would lose up to $5.4 billion in 2005 due to piracy, including Internet piracy. Working with law enforcement around the world, the MPAA seized more than 76 million illegal discs last year.

    For more information, please contact: Kori Bernards - MPAA Los Angeles - (818) 995-6600

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