Microsoft Pays Off E-Data Over Downloading Patent

from the leave-us-alone dept

Microsoft has decided they have more important things to do with their time than fight a silly patent from a company that claims they have a European patent on downloading information onto a tangible product (yes, that received a patent). While we covered the original lawsuit, Microsoft has apparently decided to just pay E-Data to leave them alone. Of course, E-Data will now use this payoff from Microsoft to hit up just about everyone else to get them to pay up as well. They've already stated that anyone who dares to offer a music download service in Europe (including Apple) had better be prepared to drop some cash at the E-Data patent tollbooth. Once again, how does this encourage innovation? All this has done is make it more difficult and expensive to offer an obvious service.

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  1. identicon
    data64, Jan 21st, 2004 @ 9:04am

    They need all their lawyers

    I guess they need all their lawyers to go after 17 years old kids. Besides money paid for patent disputes can be passed on to their customers.

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    sam m, Jan 21st, 2004 @ 9:26am

    Re: They need all their lawyers

    Sounds about right. You know how dangerous the Mike Rowes of the world can be.

    But seriously,
    I think that Microsoft is becoming the first place people sue when they have a stupid patent. With the exception of the Eolas patent, they haven't even bothered fighting them lately. It's a pisser.

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