“Apple Computer Inc. has settled a federal lawsuit filed by an Essex Junction business owner who claimed the computer manufacturer stole his design for iTunes, a popular digital jukebox,” Adam Silverman reports for The Burlington Free Press. “Terms of the settlement, which was reached following a 15-hour negotiating session, were not disclosed.”
“David Contois, who owns Contois Music & Technology in Essex Junction, filed a lawsuit that accused Apple — a Cupertino, Calif., computer manufacturer that revolutionized the digital-music industry with the now-ubiquitous iPod and companion iTunes software for PCs and Macs — of stealing his patented design for jukebox software,” Silverman reports.
Silverman reports, “Apple denied the allegations and filed a counterclaim seeking reimbursement of its own legal expenses. The settlement ends all legal actions, and the lawsuit was dismissed, according to records at U.S. District Court in Burlington, where the case was filed. ‘We’re glad to get back to teaching music and selling musical instruments,’ said Dan Contois, a brother of David Contois, who works in the 35-year-old family-owned business. ‘The terms are confidential. We can’t discuss them.’ Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet did not return phone calls seeking comment Thursday.”
Full article here.
Removing uncertainty certainly. That’s a Good Thing™ for Apple and the company’s shareholders.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “webmasters apprentice” for the heads up.]
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