E-Data, one of the companies famous for wielding their somewhat obvious patent against just about anyone they can find has now sued Getty Images and Corbis for supposedly violating their patent on by "electronically transferring stock photos and images to customers at a remote location, where the material was purchased and reproduced." E-Data has a patent on downloading data onto a physical object. It's still a bit unclear why this is patentable, but so far they've been successful in getting companies offering music download services to pay up. How could the idea of downloading to a physical object be patentable and how in the world can anyone claim that this is promoting innovation rather than hindering it by making it more expensive?
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