MPAA Wins Case Against Chinese DVD Maker

Members of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have won a lawsuit against a Chinese DVD manufacturer that will give the group a say over how that company's DVD players are made in the future.

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California found that Gowell Electronics of Shenzhen violated its agreement involving the Content Scramble System (CSS), which helps to prevent unauthorized duplication of DVDs, the MPAA said late Friday.

The court's permanent injunction now allows MPAA members to review Gowell products before they enter the U.S. to ensure that they comply with the CSS license.

The decision can help MPAA members keep tabs on the products that Gowell makes for the U.S. market, but since U.S. courts have no jurisdiction in China, enforcing compliance there will be difficult.

Gowell representatives could not be reached for comment.

The MPAA is an industry group that represents the major U.S. film studios, including Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal City Studios, and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

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