According to The Hollywood Reporter, Independent makers of pre-recorded DVDs have told the European Commission that a coterie of big companies use patents to choke their income, violating European Union law. But those who license the technology say they follow the patent licensing rules for pre-recorded optical discs.

The independent fabricators make a quarter of the 3 billion DVDs produced annually worldwide and believe the situation is at a turning point because new, high-capacity Blue Ray and HD DVD discs for high-definition movies debut next year.

"There will be new formats coming and we feel it's important that a line should be drawn in the sand by regulators," said Guy Marriott, head of the International Optical Disc Replicators Association in Geneva.