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Apple settles in online music distribution lawsuit

updated 10:30 am EDT, Fri October 1, 2010

Case hits core of digital music industry

Apple has agreed to settle in a lawsuit brought against it by Sharing Sound. The latter firm accused Apple of violating US Patent 6,247,130, Distribution of musical products by a website vendor over the Internet. Since the concept lies at the very core of the iTunes Store, Apple may have had little alternative but to settle if it wanted to avoid an expensive trial.

The corporation is however just one of 10 charged with infringing the digital music patent. Other targets of Sharing Sound have included the likes of Amazon, Napster and Netflix, as well as Microsoft, which runs the Zune Marketplace. Only two businesses -- Rhapsody, and Kazaa operators Brilliant Digital Entertainment -- have yet to reach a settlement. It is not known what terms were involved in the compromises.






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  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    OK .... but

    Ok, so if Apple buys into this patent, does that mean the other 40 patents that the US granted that say the same thing but in different words are now meaningless court cases??

    Hopefully any money Apple paid requires this company to spend money to support the patent access that Apple just paid for.

    Its a weird world.

    en

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    And


    The Patent Circle-Jerk continues...

  1. bleee

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Does anyone have a patent for selling umbrellas in

    Does anyone have a patent for selling umbrellas in the rain?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: They didn't buy into it.

    Settling is not an admission of guilt. It is to avoid going to trial. It has no bearing on other patent infringing cases.

    No one said anything about 'admitting guilt'. But they bought into the patent. They basically said "We believe the patent has merit so we're paying these nimrods for it". It's like saying "Um, yeah, I'm not saying I was speeding, but I'm pleading no contest because I don't want the hassle of going to court where, no doubt, they'll prove my speeding".

    Of all companies one would think Apple wouldn't be bullied into settling this c***. If for no other reason than they have the cash to fight with. So why didn't they, if they didn't believe they could win?

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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -10

    Re: They didn't buy into it.


    >>> If for no other reason than they have the cash to fight with. So why didn't they, if they didn't believe they could win?

    BINGO! Exactly. They knew they had no chance to win so they settled out of court and avoid wasting millions of dollars for a case they knew they would lose.

    >>> Since the concept lies at the very core of the iTunes Store

    Sounds like a pretty important case to fight for... If you're innocent.

    *Guilty as charged* . Now throw those thieves in jail. Starting with that Steve Jobs guy.

  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    @ testudo and wrenchy

    "Of all companies one would think Apple wouldn't be bullied into settling this c***. If for no other reason than they have the cash to fight with. So why didn't they, if they didn't believe they could win?"

    Er have you guys ever read some of these so called patents? There is no justice on most of these things as 5 patents say the same thing but one says "music" the next says "data", the next says "information" etc and its the same c*** about,,,, we have no idea how to do this, we just think that someday someone will do something that we can sue them for.

    My comment was... so, if Apple settles for this one, are all the other duplicate-ish patents now considered mute and will this company that "has the patent" have to defend its patent-- that it just settled on with Apple ???

    If they sue in Marshall texas, you know its a c*** patent.

    Just a thought,
    en

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    Same old crud from the two MacNN detractors...

    ...claiming the patent system is broken, but using the patent system to their argument's advantage when necessary.

    Is the patent system broken? Or did Apple roll over because they knew they had no chance of winning?

    Can't be both -- pick one.

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