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.

Julie Jacobson · August 1, 2012

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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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at

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