March 23, 2011 -- Professor Doug Lichtman commented on the potential legal challenges to a startup that offers on-demand viewing of just-released DVDs. His comments appear in a San Francisco Chronicle article.
"In my view, what Zediva does is illegal," said Douglas Lichtman, a UCLA law professor who specializes in patent and copyright law. "By sending the same DVD content to different people at different locations at different times, Zediva publicly performs that material without permission. You can buy 15 copies and show them to 15 people. You can buy 1,000 copies and show them to 1,000 people. But you cannot buy one copy and show it to 15 people."
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