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Streaming Movie Service Zediva Sued by MPAA

appleguru (1030562) writes | more than 3 years ago

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appleguru writes "Innovative movie streaming service Zediva, which rents physical DVDs and DVD players to end users though the internet, streaming their output to them, was sued yesterday by the MPAA. While there is some legal precedent, their case differs in two important ways, which may lead to a surprising, and much welcomed, victory for Zediva: Red Horne's stores, the location where the movies were being performed in that case, were public places. Consumer's homes, where movies are being performed in Zediva's case, are decidedly private places. Red Horne's employee's were the ones pressing play, and therefore the ones performing the work in that case. In Zediva's case, the end user is the one pressing play and performing the work (privately, for their own use, just as if they rented the DVD).

It's no different then renting a movie at a rental store indeed, except the video cable going from the back of your DVD player to your TV is now hundreds of miles of internet data cable, instead of a few feet of composite, component, or HDMI cable. And last I checked, there were no legal restrictions on the length or type of video cables!

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Control (1)

reasterling (1942300) | more than 3 years ago | (#35723000)

Doesn't MPAA want complete control over the content from source to consumption? If Zediva has not licensed the protocol for content transmission from the MPAA then they will be sued. I really dislike what all of this has come to. The MPAA needs to disappear, but it would probably be replaced with something worse.

I have simply given up on watching television and only watch the occasional movie. I know that most people would think what I have done to be extreme, but I have found it gives me a lot more time with my wife and children.

Re:Control (1)

appleguru (1030562) | more than 3 years ago | (#35723364)

Of course they want control. And of course they can try and sue. By my point is that Zediva has a good case for winning the lawsuit, as they have a fairly strong case and many years of rental precedence on their side. As much as the MPAA lobbys and tries to create laws (sometimes successfully), they, like everyone else, must operate within the current legal system. Zediva has found a legal (in my opinion, as I explain in the article linked above), way to stream movies without licensing them.

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