Most everyone on this forum has been digesting the information that the internet freely distributes, which convinces them that the music and movie companies are somehow richer and greedier and more evil than any other companies on the earth and that any attempt for them not to even do whatever other company does (including the ones that these same folks work for and therefore they benefit from in the form of a paycheck), but just to get some basic control over the theft of their product, is somehow against all our human rights. It's pretty crazy.
People have been stealing content for so long that any attempt to stop them will immediately be met with angry backlash and condemnation. There are plenty of threads on the internet that show how out of hand it's gotten. People will call them Nazis for even attempting to stop people from stealing from them. No matter what they do they are demonized. Here is a good example here on AVS from the last couple weeks:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1387422
And, the thing is, this case really has zero to do with the larger issue. Kaleidescape signed a contract with the CCA. It has nothing to do with the larger laws of copyright or any of that, AFAIK
. It's a contract dispute between the two companies. Though it is the case that if K loses, then it will be the legal end of the argument that the CCA has the right to enforce the provisions in the contracts that they make with other people and that one of those is the non-copying one. But it doesn't depend on the DMCA or anything else in this case because it's a business to business legal issue, and even if no DMCA existed if the contract does say no copying and K signed it, then that would be that it would seem to me.
Also, I would point out that I went to a get together back I guess in the early 2000s where they were showing off one of their units (they are not far from my apartment I think.) Someone who was quite wealthy, with what was obviously a couple hundred $K home theater, was test driving it and invited some folks to come down.
One of the first things he said after the test drive was, Hey, I can just rent all the discs I want and copy them onto this and have them any time I want to see them. So clearly their concerns about this are valid. Not that the number of K system users are large, but it's the precedent involved. I'm sure that they either do have larger signees who might put out more widely accessible, lower cost systems of this sort, or may in the future have such signees.
The basic fact of the matter is that these companies are just being ripped off enormously, and they are trying to do what they can to stop it. Every system out there that makes it trivial to steal their stuff just contributes to the appearance that their stuff is in fact and should be free, when it's not and shouldn't be. And people will continue to try to characterize their attempts to keep from getting ripped off as fighting their own customers, when it's not.