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MPAA sues chipmakers

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 24 Aug 2004 1:13 User comments (2)

MPAA sues chipmakers The MPAA has sued two chipmakers, Sigma Designs and MediaTek for allegedly selling DVD chips to companies that are breaking copy-protection rules. This is the second lawsuit to target DVD hardware makers in an effort to crack down on DVD players that differ from a Hollywood system of copy control features. The MPAA is accusing both companies of selling DVD-player chips that contain features not allowed under the general DVD technology license. The trade association said that the act "violated the license the chipmakers had to sign to build the DVD chips in the first place".
MPAA Chief Technology Counsel Dan Robbins, said in a statement, "Responsible corporate citizens honor the contracts they sign. There is no leniency for irresponsible companies that seek to circumvent the system and operate outside of the law". The lawsuits are the latest in an MPAA campaign aimed at hardware makers after seeing some success in stopping the spread of DVD Copying Software developed by 321 studios. The MPAA uses an in-house lab to disassemble DVD hardware and other products, to check if they comply with Hollywood requirements. The difference between these lawsuits and earlier lawsuits focused on DVD copying software is these cases dont rest on copyright law but on the contracts used to control DVD technology itself.

In order for a chipmaker to gain rights to unscramble the digital protection put on commercial DVDs, it must agree to the contract terms which would be approved by the big studios. An MPAA spokesman said they have found devices with unprotected outputs that included components from Sigma and MediaTek. The contract require DVD makers to ensure that any output plugs are protected enough to prevent high quality DVD copies being made.


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2 user comments

124.8.2004 8:02

Don't they know that this takes money away from the American market...and sends it to China? The shits going to happen anyways, so why not keep the money here? This seems frivalous anyways......"complying with Hollywoods requirements" LOL!

224.8.2004 9:09

Wow, it seems like they took our hint :P They're beginning to sue DVD Players! XD Next they'll go suing any unpatented metal because it makes DVD Players!

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