updated 11:50 am EDT, Thu August 5, 2004
Virgin irate over FairPlay
Apple's SEC Form 10Q filing reveals that the company Virgin Mega filed a complaint against Apple Computer France with the French Competition Council alleging that the Company has wrongfully refused to license Fairplay DRM technology to competitors. In a lawsuit filed on June 28, 2004, Virgin is said it was seeking "Interim Measures," pending the determination of the merits of the case. The quarterly filing reveals that a hearing on Virgin's request for such measures will likely be heard in October or November 2004.
The filing also reveals a Apple settled a lawsuit filed on April 15, 2004 in the US District Court for the Central District of California for infringement of patent 6,217,183 related to a "Keyboard Having Illuminated Keys." Shipman, the plaintiff, alleges that Apple's PowerBooks introduced in 2003 infringe this patent and was seeking unspecified damages, a preliminary injunction, and other relief. In its filing, Apple said the case had been settled and the complaint dismissed. "Settlement of this matter did not have a material effect on the Company's financial position or results of operation."