Zediva Gets Shut Down...Permanently
Will Pay $1.8 Million and Drop Countersuit
Earlier this year we noted how
a company by the name of Zediva both simply and creatively found a way around constrictive Hollywood licensing restrictions. The company created a system that essentially just gives users direct control of remote DVD players, allowing users to stream all DVD content (even extra feature or director commentaries) via broadband. As had been expected, Hollywood quickly sued Zediva
claiming they lacked the necessary streaming licenses -- and got a Judge to shut the service down temporarily back in August, effectively ruling that that the length of a cord determines if something is infringing. This week Zediva was shut down permanently
, agreeing to pay $1.8 million in fines while agreeing to drop their countersuit and any planned appeals.
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Re: "Justice" system in this country is a joke
said by WernerSchutz:Well this is quite remarkable. In one post you equated copyright laws to stoning adulterers, the Holocaust, torture, and anti-gay discrimination. I think that sets some kind of record.
Court after court based on Sharia law decided that death by stoning was A-ok.
Court after court in Nazi Germany decided that killing and torturing Jews was just fine.
Some courts found that crap called Prohibition was ok.
Some military courts found that if one was gay an exemplary military record would still not count and kick that person out.
Military courts found that waterboarding was a war crime (unless we do it).
There are those things called screwed up laws that usually take a lot of effort to get rid of.
Length of a cord? No. Wrong.
If this company provided a service to play your own DVDs over the network, then it would be a "length of the cord" issue.
But, they didn't. They buy the DVDs, they "rent" them to customers (a transparent dodge), then they stream them down to the customers.
This is exactly what video-on-demand services do. You rent a video for $X, and you get to view it at home without physically possessing it.
The judge was completely correct in demolishing this sham.
And Karl, predictably, throws misleading red meat out there to the haters to stir them up.
This kind of stuff does not help the cause. Seriously.