TechCrunch is reporting that Apple has settled a suit against them by Sharing Sound, LLC. The suit is over a patent that describes web-based music distribution. Filed in May, the suit aimed at companies such as Rhapsody, Napster, Microsoft, and of course, Apple. A second suit was also filed at the same time aiming at […]
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Apple To Settle Web-Based Music Sales Lawsuit

TechCrunch is reporting that Apple has settled a suit against them by Sharing Sound, LLC. The suit is over a patent that describes web-based music distribution. Filed in May, the suit aimed at companies such as Rhapsody, Napster, Microsoft, and of course, Apple. A second suit was also filed at the same time aiming at Amazon, Netflix, Wal-Mart, GameStop and other companies for the same purpose.

The patent being contested – U.S. Patent Number 6,247,130, titled “Distribution of musical products by a website vendor over the Internet” – would essentially prevent all these companies from using any type of online store environment which allows them to provide song previews, a shopping cart or even a music player.

TechCrunch goes on to say that most of the companies named in the suit have moved to settle out of court, with Apple recently joining that list.

Lastly, the patent in dispute was filed way back in January of 2000. The inventor named in the patent is named Bernhard Fritsch, who was the founder of MCY.com, which was quickly shut down due to a lack of consumer interest.

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