Now Microsoft Is Sued For Music Downloading
from the patent-violation dept
Last month we wrote about how patent shop E-Data was suing HMV for offering a music download site. E-Data claims they have a patent on transferring content digitally to be transferred to a “material object”, such as a CD. Now, E-Data has also sued Microsoft for their new music downloading service in Europe. This is, of course, another patent situation where the patent is being used by a company that did nothing with it. These types of patents are being used to slow down innovation, and not to encourage it. What’s amusing, of course, is that the various entertainment companies who are going to be targeted by this patent are unlikely to realize how it demonstrates some of the problems with our current intellectual property system.