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Kaleidescape CEO Responds to RealDVD Ruling

By Julie Jacobson
CEO Michael Malcolm tells CE Pro: 'We don't believe that this settlement has any implications for Kaleidescape's case with the DVD CCA."

Real Networks finally caved to the studios in the case against its RealDVD copying software. The company agreed to scrap plans for an appeal and pay the studios $4.5 million as reimbursement for legal fees.

So everyone in the CE pro community is wondering: What does that mean for Kaleidescape?

The pioneer of very-high-end movie servers was sued in 2004 by the DVD CCA (Copy Control Association) for breach of contract. The DVD CCA, which lords over the Content Scramble System (CSS) decryption software, says its contract with Kaleidescape prohibits DVD copying of any form -- even if CSS remains intact, as it does in the Kaleidescape system.

After a preliminary contractual dispute was settled, Kaleidescape is heading to court on the breach-of-contract case.

Unlike Kaleidescape, Real Networks was sued for a breach of contract with the DVD CCA and the violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). No DMCA claim has been filed against Kaleidescape.

In an email to CE Pro, Kaleidescape CEO Michael Malcom provided a quick response to the RealDVD ruling.

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