Kaleidescape Refuses to ‘Cave to DVD CCA’ on Movie Servers
With M700, Kaleidescape continues to store, stream DVDs as usual, despite legal threats from DVD CCA; Blu-ray streaming abides by AACS licensing agreements.
The unit should easily pass muster with the Blu-ray copy protection police, but does not address the concerns of the DVD CCA (Copy Control Association), which licenses decryption software for plain old DVDs.
Kaleidescape has battled the DVD CCA since 2005, when the organization sued the manufacturer for breach of contract, claiming its licensing agreement expressly prohibits the ripping (copying, archiving … whatever you call it) of DVDs.
Kaleidescape has maintained all along that the licensing agreement says no such thing, so the company is treating DVD copying like it always has – in an elegant fashion that is painless for the consumer.
The new M700 Disc Vault (like its predecessors) allows users to copy Blu-ray and DVD discs to a Kaleidescape server, and then stream the content to client devices connected to multiple displays.
As usual, consumers can remove the physical DVDs from the M700 carousel and still play the stored movies through any Kaleidescape media player on the network. It’s the same approach that spawned the DVD CCA lawsuit six years ago, when it held Kaleidescape up as an example of its DRM machismo.
Kaleidescape isn’t deterred.
“We don’t want to take away any freedoms from consumers any more than we’re required to do,” says Tom Barnett, senior director of marketing for Kaleidescape.
Blu-rays are a different matter, with copy protection clearly articulated by the Advanced Access Content System Licensing Adminstrator (AACSLA).
Barnett explains that the AACSLA allows licensees to enable Blu-ray copying, as long as there is some authorization mechanism for playback.
So why not just appease the DVD CCA and take the same approach for DVDs?
“That is a path we considered – to just cave to the DVD CCA,” Barnett tells CE Pro, “but we think it’s a raw deal for the consumer.”
Kaleidescape and the DVD CCA will meet up again on Nov. 14, 2011, in Santa Clara County, Calif. for a second trial.
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. Email Julie at [email protected]