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Film Studios Investigating DVD Players
Apr 12, 2006
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The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) has been successfully targeting DVD chip manufacturers that fail to comply with anti-piracy security features. Next to be targeted by the association is non-compliant DVD players themselves.

The association of film studios said it successfully brought an injunction against Sunplus Technology Co., Inc., which is estimated be the world’s second largest DVD chip manufacturer.

MPAA (Los Angeles) says the injunction resolves another breach of contract lawsuit involving non-compliant DVD chips that enable piracy. It is the sixth such lawsuit that concluded with a court-ordered injunction mandating a DVD chip manufacturer adhere to the content security features of the CSS license.

DVD Player Investigations Already Underway
The motion picture association says all 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, like 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.

"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.

MPAA says the CSS license is the baseline protection enabling film studios to provide consumers with more than 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.

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