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Kaleidescape Wins Lawsuit Vs. DVD-CCA

Video server manufacturer Kaleidescape, based here, has been found “in full compliance” with the DVD Copy Control Association’s (DVD CCA) license to the Content Scramble System (CSS).

Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Leslie C. Nichols issued the ruling in the three-year-old lawsuit after a seven-day trial.

The DVD CCA filed the suit after Kaleidescape marketed a video server that uses an elaborate system to transfer DVDs encrypted with the Content Scramble System (CSS) onto its hard disk drives. The content is recorded with CSS intact onto internal hard disk drives in order to provide convenience to users and prevent multi-generational copies.

Kaleidescape pointed out the judge’s ruling recognized “Kaleidescape’s good faith in its efforts to ensure that its products were fully compliant.”

“Kaleidescape has been operating in the shadow of the DVD CCA’s allegations for over three years. We are gratified that after hearing all of the evidence, the judge has completely vindicated our position,” said Michael Malcolm, founder, chairman and CEO of Kaleidescape.

DVD CCA counsel William Sloan Coats said in a statement that the DVD CCA intends to appeal “the adverse California Superior Court decision.”

“In its contract with DVD CCA, Kaleidescape — like all CSS licensees — agreed to use CSS for its intended purpose: preventing users from making copies of copy-protected material. Kaleidescape’s system does the opposite — it facilitates the copying of CSS-protected DVDs onto a hard drive so content can be viewed without the original disk,” said Coats.