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Apple sued over patents relating to iTunes Store

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 24 May 2010 23:04 User comments (3)

Apple sued over patents relating to iTunes Store Apple has been sued this week over patents relating to its popular iTunes store, in a case that could take down the world's most popular online music store.
The suing company, Sharing Sound, is accusing Apple of infringing patents relating to "djustable length displays of textual and other data," as well as patents related to online music stores.

Sharing Sound says they hold the patent for "distribution of musical products by a web site vendor over the Internet," which seems incredibly broad, and practically describes any music downloading site that has song previews, a shopping cart, and a legal music player.

The exact patent targeting Apple "has a provision that downloaded songs have a unique identifier included in the file to link the files to a particular purchaser," says ArsTechnica.

iTunes infringes on this patent, says the suit, as all songs downloaded through the service have Apple ID, used to identify the original purchaser.

Because of the broad nature of the patent, Apple is not the only defendant, and Rhapsody, Napster, Brilliant Digital Entertainment, Microsoft, Netflix, Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and GameStop are also named.

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3 user comments

124.5.2010 23:31

Sounds ridiculous! If you had this patent why not stop in from the beginning not 10 years later.

225.5.2010 1:07

Its too broad and it shouldn't even make it to court. Im all for Defending your property/Working Prototype. but i cant stand it when people sit on top of technological Breakthrough to net a million.

325.5.2010 3:47

sounds a bit ridiculous but im not a fan of itunes.infact i dont even like apple.I hope itunes gets taken down but not over a BS lawsuit.

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