“New York company E-Data said on Tuesday that it has settled a patent infringement suit filed against Microsoft and others, based on music download services in Europe,” John Borland reports for CNET. “Last October, the small company sued a European division of Microsoft, along with the HMV Group, Internet service provider Tiscali and digital music company On Demand Distribution (OD2), charging them with violation of a patent that covers the downloading of information onto a tangible object such as a CD. Music download services operated by the four companies allowed consumers to burn downloaded music to a CD. The settlement terms include past and future rights to use the patent anywhere in the world, E-Datasaid in a statement. Financial terms were not disclosed.”
Borland reports, “E-Data is characterizing the suit’s settlement as an explicit shot across the bow of other download services–Brodsky specifically cites Apple Computer’s iTunes–that are planning to enter the European market. ‘We are currently in talks with a number of prominent companies in Europe infringing upon our intellectual property, and may seek injunctions against these companies if necessary,’ Brodsky said.”
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