Malley reports, “Filed on April 24th in the now infamous Marshall, Texas court division, the 5-page formal complaint by Internet media firm Individual Network LLC alleges that Apple’s iTunes Store is violating a patent relating to targeted media delivery.”
“Individual Network effectively claims that the aspects of iTunes Store’s front-end which narrow content based on an Apple ID’s data and habits — such as the genre tabs that have appeared in the main window, or the Just For You feature — directly infringe on the patent, supposedly causing serious damage to the LLC’s business,” Malley reports.
Malley reports, “Individual Network’s complaint accuses Apple’s entire music ecosystem of profiteering from iTunes sales and points to anything which can download copies of that content, including the iPod, as contributing to the reported damage. If won under ideal circumstances, the suit would grant the plaintiff not just royalties for every iTunes song or video sold but also a “reasonable” percentage of the revenue from associated devices such as all iPods. The Apple TV and iPhone may also be subject to a future ruling.”
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