When Anti-Pirates Sue Each Other Over Pirating Each Other's Technology...

from the this-gets-fun dept

Well, this is fun. A tech company in Germany is claiming that movie studio Warner Bros. has "pirated" its "anti-piracy" technology. No, seriously. You can read the full complaint (pdf) below:
It's actually a patent infringement lawsuit, but unlike most patent infringement lawsuits, the company suing, Medien Patent Verwaltung (MPV), claims that it actually met with Warner Bros. and "disclosed the technology" to the company. While I have to admit that I find it quite amusing to see Warner Bros. accused of "pirating" its "anti-piracy" technology, when you look at the details, it seems like a typically ridiculous patent scenario, with some random company suing for patent infringement over something another company came up with independently.

Making things even more amusing? In the lawsuit, MPV mis-identifies its own patent, incorrectly using the title of a patent.. held by Warner Bros! MPV's patent 7,187,633 is titled "Marking of a data medium material for information intended for reproduction." Warner Bros., though, has a different patent, 7,206,409, titled "Motion picture anti-piracy coding." But in the filing... MPV refers to the title of its own patent as "Motion picture anti-piracy coding" and never mentions Warner's actual patent by that name. Ooooops. Oh, and the WB patent? Filed before MPVs...
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Filed Under: anti-piracy technology, movies, patents, piracy, watermarking
Companies: medien patent verwaltung, mpv, warner bros.


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    Richard (profile), 22 May 2010 @ 1:23am

    Schadenfreude

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