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Kaleidescape Gets Another Reprieve: DVD Servers Survive Another Year

In affirming the stay of an injunction against Kaleidescape DVD movie servers, court lets the manufacturer continue to make products until case with DVD CCA is settled.

The DVD CCA vs. Kaleidescape saga continues, with a judge recently extending the stay of an injunction that would have required the manufacturer to cease development of its DVD movie servers until all appeals are exhausted.

The injunction was ordered in March of this year, after the DVD CCA (Copy Control Association) won the latest battle in its lawsuit against Kaleidescape.

The DVD CCA, which licenses the Content Scramble System (CSS) copy-protection scheme for DVD players, enjoined Kaleidescape from selling its flagship DVD movie servers because they do not require a physical disc to be present at playback – a requirement of the CSS licensing agreement, according to the DVD CCA and the courts.

Shortly after the injunction was ordered, the court granted a temporary stay, allowing Kaleidescape to continue to make DVD servers while it fought to extend the stay.

Two weeks ago, California's 6th Appellate District upheld the stay, meaning Kaleidescape is free to sell its DVD servers until the case is settled once and for all. Happy news for Kaleidescape and dealers on the eve of CEDIA Expo 2012.

Kaleidescape believes its current appeal could take a year to play out.

From the decision issued July 20:

The petition of appellant Kaleidescape, Inc., for a writ of supersedeas, in the matter of DVD Copy Control Association, Inc. v. Kaleidescape, Inc., H038037, is granted as follows: Let the writ of supersedeas issue, staying, pending this appeal, enforcement of the superior court's March 8, 2012 permanent injunction order. This court's temporary stay order of March 29, 2012, is vacated as moot. (Premo, Acting P.J., Elia, J., and Marquez, J. participated in this decision.)

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News · Product News · Video · Digital Media · Media Servers · Legal · Kaleidescape · Dvd Cca · · All topics

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Julie Jacobson, Co-Founder, EH Publishing / Editor-at-large, CE Pro
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson. [More by Julie Jacobson]

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Posted by paulcunningham  on  08/01  at  04:44 PM

Well played! Even if they ultimately lose, it won’t really matter much. There are supposed to be more Blu-rays than DVDs sold this year according to some reports ( ), and if Kaleidescape supports downloadable content I don’t think new customers (the only ones this ruling would affect) would be very troubled by a DVD-in-tray requirement.

Posted by 39 Cent Stamp  on  08/02  at  09:48 PM

We held off on selling kscape for a couple of years to see how this plays out until recently when we put in 2 BD vault/players, a single disc player and server.

Using this product is pure joy. There is nothing like it on the market. The disc vaults suck and its NOT what kscape wants to do/be but their hand has been forced. The vaults take up some space but the trade off is that you can insert a ton of discs at once and let them rip while you work on something else.

Hopefully this all gets sorted out so that we can continue to work with an awesome product.

I was one of the people saying they need streaming and on demand but after putting in a couple of AppleTVs along side it i realize i dont care about it. Yeah it would be nice to have kscapes interface guru create something for streaming/on demand but i can already get that with AppleTV so its not a huge issue for me anymore.

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