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Microsoft Sued Over Playlist Patent

Another one of those patent companies (that does nothing but sue companies that produce useful products over patents it owns and uses for nothing) has sued Microsoft and 18 other companies over the playlist functionality in media players like Windows Media Player. Premier International Associates just wrapped up a settlement on a suit with Apple (probably with a clause that relates to the new Microsoft suit), and they’ve moved onto bigger prey.

Interestingly, manyof the other defendents are computer makers, being sued for shipping computers with Media Player. Why exactly would they be responsible for anything in Windows? Shouldn’t they only be responsible for products created and sold by themselves?

I’ve been gone for three days and am catching up, so expect a bunch of quick, short posts.

September 16th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Media Player, Law, Applications | no comments

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