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Home Movie Servers Dead After US Court Ruling

By David Richards | Sunday | 29/01/2012

Home movie storage is dead after a US judge ruled against Kaleidescape, maker of high-end movie servers.

In blow to consumers being able to buy and then copy a movie to a storage device a US judge has handed victory to Hollywood Studios after he ruled that Kaleidescape, who have sold several of their products in Australia, breached its contract with the DVD CCA, which licenses the Content Scramble System (CSS) decryption scheme for DVD players.

In the past owners of a Kaleidescape server were able to copy their DVDs and play back the movies disc-free.

The court ruled that the CSS licensing agreement expressly prohibits this functionality.

They claim that a disc must be present in the player as it stops the movie from being stored and copied across a network.

In Australia recently SmartHouse was shown a home built server that had the same software movie copying software that can be found on the Kaleidescape. It was being used to stream movies between friends.

During the case Judge Monahan dismissed many of Kaleidescape's claims about the secrecy of the DVD CCA.

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