MUMBAI: The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) announced that its member companies have won a breach of contract lawsuit against AKI Digital Electrical Appliance Co., Ltd.
The US District Court found that the company breached its CSS license by selling DVD players that lacked appropriate security features that prohibit the unlawful reproduction and distribution of filmed entertainment. The ruling requires AKI to recall all products in violation of the CSS license and pay the studiosâ€™ legal fees. This is the eighth such lawsuit that has concluded with a court-ordered injunction mandating a DVD product manufacturer to adhere to the content security features of the CSS license.
â€œCompliance with the CSS license is critical in ensuring that creative works are not illegally reproduced. All companies that sign the CSS license must honor its terms by making secure products that protect DVD content. Eight courts have issued permanent injunctions banning future violations of the license, and we intend to pursue other violators through the courts,â€ said MPAA vice president and associate general counsel Dan Robbins.
The CSS license provides content protection that enables film studios to provide consumers with over 68,000 DVD titles, including over 13,000 new titles last year alone.
The motion picture studios are third-party beneficiaries of the CSS license and may enforce it against licensees who fail to honor its terms. The studios have won two injunctions against DVD player manufacturers and six injunctions against DVD chip manufacturers. MPAA member companies have ongoing investigations involving other products that may violate the CSS license and are considering appropriate enforcement action. According to a recent study by the Institute for Policy Innovation the