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Apple, others sued over online media distribution

Defunct online movie provider Intertainer has filed a lawsuit against Apple, Google and Napster, alleging that the three companies are infringing on a patent that covers the commercial distribution of digital media over the Internet. “Founded in 1996, Intertainer developed technology to distribute movies on demand through cable and phone lines for viewing on televisions and personal computers. It gained investors including Intel, Microsoft, Sony, NBC and Comcast,” according to the New York Times. The company shut down in 2002, filing a suit against the Hollywood studios behind Movielink for anticompetitive actions. The studios settled the lawsuit for an undisclosed sum, and Intertainer is now considered a patent licensing business.

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Comments

1

Another lawsuit???

Im going to file a lawsuit on anyone who files a lawsuit. I patented the idea of lawsuits back in 1966 and I can now see how much money I could be making off the back of others.

Posted by unreal on January 3, 2007 at 12:07 PM (PDT)

2

Are you absolutely sh***ing me?

Posted by Multimoog on January 3, 2007 at 12:37 PM (PDT)

3

“Intertainer is now considered a patent licensing business.”

Read: “patent troll”

They might have a case, but I doubt it.  The defendants will likely just settle for another undisclosed sum.

Posted by LawLaw Land on January 3, 2007 at 1:27 PM (PDT)

4

They just want a piece of the apple pie.

Posted by zerock on January 4, 2007 at 7:43 AM (PDT)

5

So, by this logic the Edison company could sue Apple since Thomas did invent the phonogragh and early video distribution when they had the old boxes you could see a movie in.  Apple is copying their idea, right.  When will this be over.

Posted by absentiabanish on January 4, 2007 at 8:06 AM (PDT)

6

Video over the interweb. What will they think of next?

Posted by m.s. on January 4, 2007 at 5:24 PM (PDT)

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