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Apple gearing up for the year of the suit

Written by Dave Horvath @ 02 Jan 2007 5:38 User comments (4)

Apple gearing up for the year of the suit Entertainment gadget guru Apple is gearing up to be a powerhouse in the court room, much like it is in the mobile audio market. Faced with what usually plagues many companies once they make it too big, Apple will defend its business practices from multiple angles in 2007.
In response to a lawsuit filed back in July over Apple's DRM practices where they were being sued for claims that the anti-piracy practices of Apple force consumers to use only music downloaded from their iTunes service. Apple failed to get that case out of court and now faces a class action lawsuit for creating a monopoly with iTunes.

In addition to their digital music woes, Apple also faces investigations which could lead to lawsuits over how it has been handling stock options within the company. Its been reported that Apple back-dated stock options, failing to account for them and making false financial claims.

Oh, they're not done yet. One of two cases that will come by their lawyer's desks soon; PhatRat claims the Nike-iPod combo was their idea and is suing Apple for patent infringement. Also, a class action suit claims that the labor board in the G4 book fails too much for public consumption.

Its easy to see that Apple has their hands full this year. It'll be interesting to see how they rebound and what products are a result of these recent actions.

Source:
The Inquirer

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4 user comments

12.1.2007 9:38

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Its easy to see that Apple has their hands full this year. It'll be interesting to see how they rebound and what products are a result of these recent actions.
I couldn't have said it better myself :)

22.1.2007 9:50

I would just like the DRM removed or changed from the music store so that you can play music you buy on other systems than the iPod. I think if that suit wins then MS is going to see one too since I think they're doing the same thing with the Zune.

32.1.2007 21:44
jziman
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Yay for less DRM. But that will never happen. iTunes it just a joke. But if they sold songs with no DRM I would be on it like a fat kid on cake.

43.1.2007 7:42

and here I thought it was the gray death the were talking about (suits,ceos ect not lawsuits) *L*

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