Even Official Music Download Sites Are Facing Intellectual Property Problems

from the ah,-intellectual-property-law... dept

For all their talk about how they need to set up legal music download sites for the sake of intellectual property, it looks like some of the “legal” music sites may be violating some intellectual property themselves. UK retailer HMV (who recently opened an online music download store) has been sued by a company named E-Data Corporation, saying they own a patent on “downloading”. Yes, this is another ridiculous patent – but it’s still a bit amusing to see these official sites running into intellectual property problems themselves. Of course, it’s unlikely that they’ll look at this and realize that there’s something wrong with intellectual property laws that let things like this happen in the first place.

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