USVO's subsidiary USA Video Technology Corporation has filed a
suit against internet movie service provider (ISP) Movielink regarding
the rights to the technology that can deliver movies over the Internet.
In India of course we are still some way off from this becoming
a reality due to broadband constraints.
The suit identifies Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures Corporation,
Metro Goldwyn-Mayer, Universal Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment
as members of the limited liability company that owns and operates
Movielink and the www.movielink.com website service. Movies made
by these studios -- including the Oscar nominated My Big Fat
Greek Wedding, The Bourne Identity are presently available
for download on a fee basis from the movielink.com site. The complaint
states that rights to the technology being used by the studios on
the site belong to USA Video Technology.
USVO president Edwin Molina has been quoted in an official release
saying that the patented technologies represent an advance in home
movie entertainment. The days of video rental stores could be fast
numbered as it is possible for Internet users to secure almost any
movie, any time, from any location with online access all from their
comfort of their homes.
The plaintiff is asking the Delaware federal court for a declaratory
judgment of both infringement and willful infringement, permanent
injunctive relief, compensatory and treble damages, interest, legal
costs, as well as a jury trial on all appropriate issues.
An unfavourable verdict against the studios could affect millions
of movie fans across the globe. The suit alleges that Movielink
has infringed and continues to infringe on the patented online movie
USA Video Technology Corporation is a developer, supplier and owner
of the patent-in-suit that covers media delivery services that allow
Internet users to request and receive digitised movies online.