Zediva 'suspending' operations; many legal alternatives remain

by Ben Sheffner 08/11/2011 10:48 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Zediva, the unlicensed video-on-demand service that a federal court has determined violated the MPAA members’ copyrights, has announced that it is “suspending” its operations. Of course we welcome Zediva’s statement that it will begin complying with the law. But we also want to emphasize that there remain many legal alternatives for movie fans to watch movies over the Internet on their own schedule. As we said when the judge granted the studios’ motion for a preliminary injunction against Zediva on August 1, “Movie fans today have more on-demand options than ever for watching films at home, from iTunes to Netflix to Amazon to Vudu to Hulu to the VOD offerings from cable and satellite operators. All these legitimate companies have obtained licenses from the copyright owners.” We look forward to bringing our litigation against Zediva to a final conclusion, and to continuing to help foster a thriving marketplace where illegal operators can’t undermine legitimate businesses that play by the rules.

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