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.