MPAA fights silicon vendors now

it’s been years that you can find on the open market DVD players that can be more or less dezoned (made insensitive to the differences between DVD bought on different continents – more compatible than the DVD standard would like).

The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) decided this would end and, with that in mind, started an ongoing legal battle against the DVD player chipset manufacturers. Each time they can, and it’s been 6 times in the recent months, they challenge the manufacturer in court for not implementing correctly the so-called “CSS” algorithms or for leaving an open back door.

The most recent victim appears to be Taiwanese SunPlus, world second manufacturer of ICs for DVD players.