Sunnyvale, Calif. – Zediva, the operator of a DVD streaming service recently sued by Hollywood movie studios for copyright infringement, has filed a countersuit and is asking a judge to declare its service legal, Wired reports.
Zediva’s service lets consumers pay $1.99 to “rent” a DVD; an individual DVD is then inserted into an individual DVD player, and that player’s stream is delivered to the renter.
Zediva claims this arguably burdensome delivery method keeps it legal, and allows it to offer streaming movies earlier than any similar service, during early DVD rental windows.
Studios represented by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) sued Zediva last month.
They claim Zediva is making unauthorized “public performances” of their works.