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What about “DVD/Blu-ray Media Servers”?

Some manufacturers advertise “DVD/Blu-ray Media Servers” that can store DVDs and Blu-ray Discs on hard disk. The CSS and AACS copy control technologies on these discs must be licensed by manufacturers of DVD/Blu-ray Disc playback devices. Some manufacturers of unlicensed “DVD/Blu-ray Media Servers” advise their dealers and customers that their product “is shipped with licensed decryption software that is used to play back optical DVD and Blu-ray discs.” but that “it may not be able to load or play some or all DVD and Blu-ray movies.” That is, if you want to load DVDs and Blu-ray Discs, and play them back from hard disk, someone will need to install additional circumvention software to copy such discs. It is our understanding that using, providing or installing such circumvention software to break copy protection is illegal in the United States and is a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the “DMCA”). Violations of the DMCA are criminal offenses subject to fines of up to $500,000 and up to 5 years in jail. Based on its current knowledge, Kaleidescape believes that the installation of these “DVD/Blu-ray Media Servers”, including obtaining the third-party software to get them working as advertised, would result in dealers and/or their customers in the United States committing criminal acts and risking heavy fines or jail time.


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