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iTunes interface theft hearing this week

Attorneys for Contois Music Technology and Apple will meet at a hearing on Wednesday to discuss the progress of the iTunes interface theft case and when it will be ready for trial. Contois filed a lawsuit against Apple over the user interface of iTunes in June of last year. The company is asking a judge to end the distribution of iTunes and is seeking unspecified damages and fees. Apple denies the allegations and is seeking reimbursement of its own legal fees.

“Apple has copied the invention,” reads the lawsuit. “Apple’s infringement has been and continues to be willful.” The complaint says that Contois showed its music software at industry trade shows in 1995 and 1996 in Nevada and California, and charges that Apple’s “current or future employees” viewed the software at those trade shows and later duplicated it. Contois filed for a patent on its software in 1996 and was granted the application in 1999.

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Yet another company looking for their two penny’s worth out of Apple’s success. They will be eaten alive by Apple’s lawyers!

Posted by Archie on February 6, 2006 at 11:14 AM (CST)


I see the fanboy contingent has been heard from.

Posted by stark23x on February 6, 2006 at 12:08 PM (CST)


Whether or not they have a case I think at this point is irrelevant. Apple is a bigger company, with a bigger bankroll. They can settle this monetarily if they’re ruled in violation (which I personally doubt, does that make me a fanboy?)

Posted by Moe on February 6, 2006 at 1:35 PM (CST)


“I see the fanboy contingent has been heard from.”

As has the sissy boy apple hater contingent…

Posted by DIMEFAN on February 6, 2006 at 3:15 PM (CST)


I thought iTunes was a rip-off of Outlook Express?

Posted by superape on February 6, 2006 at 4:34 PM (CST)


What was the problem with iTunes, anyway? Something about how it sorts music?

In that case, how would “current or future Apple employees” view the code of the software back in 1995?

If Contois was dumb enough to make it open-source back then, they have no case… I have a feeling they’ll lose, just because they don’t seem to have much evidence.

Posted by EricS2008 on February 6, 2006 at 5:37 PM (CST)


this is as silly as Creative’s claim on the patent of a heirachical menu for an MP3 player. Surely something like ‘select artist - then select album - then select song’ is a totally intuitive method of navigation. It’s exactly the same method as how I play a song on my stereo by selecting a CD from my shelf.

Posted by Lawrence Mikkelsen on February 6, 2006 at 8:42 PM (CST)


“As has the sissy boy apple hater contingent…”

Yeah…three iPods and a dedicated iTunes box…such a hater.

Frigging fanboys.

Posted by stark23x on February 6, 2006 at 10:58 PM (CST)


Apple sueing MicroSoft over the wastebasket set a dangerous president.  As far as I’m concerned user interfaces should not be copyrightable or patentable.

Posted by phennphawcks on February 7, 2006 at 5:29 AM (CST)


Anyone remember that iTunes came from the acquisition of SoundJam? How the Apple staff could have copied them when the first versions of iTunes were a nicer, re-badged version of SoundJam… I don’t know

Posted by Adam Rice on February 15, 2006 at 6:31 AM (CST)

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