The movie industry is working to agree new rules allowing end users to legally record movies to blank DVDs.

The DVD Copy Control Association is finalising new rules that could allow retailers to host movie jukebox kiosks, and also allow Apple to sell movies through iTunes that could later be burnt to a DVD.

Both uses will require special rights-protected blank DVD discs using the Content Scramble System (CSS) for encryption, but movies recorded to such discs will be compatible with exisiting DVD players, the organisation said.

"DVD CCA and its board members are excited at the prospect of being able to offer businesses and consumers an exciting new way to record and enjoy digital content for use in their homes, cars and elsewhere," said Chris Cookson, chairman of the DVD CCA Board. "The creation of new ways to legally create secure DVD content is the logical next step to answer industry and consumer demand for additional legal digital distribution alternatives."

The move emerges as a range of movie download services are expected to debut, beginning in autumn 2006, but in order to create the opportunity, the organisation has had to figure out a range of amendments to its Procedural Specifications for CSS.

The group licenses encryption technology to DVD player makers.