Federal Court Shuts Down Zediva

Posted Aug 3, 2011

Zediva is a video service that thought that they were by-passing copyright law, but a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction against the service. U.S. District Judge John Walter ruled that Zediva violates copyright law. Judge Walter also granted a preliminary injunction made by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for Zediva to be shut down.

Zediva called themselves a DVD rental service that enabled users to rent physical DVDs and DVD players that the company kept in a warehouse. Customers would control the DVD players via the Internet. “It’s just like a DVD player with a really long cable attached,” says Zediva when describing themselves.

“Judge Walter’s decision is a great victory for the more than 2 million American men and women whose livelihoods depend on a thriving film and television industry,” stated the MPAA about the case.