HMV, OD2 Sued Over Download Patent


A small US company called E-Data has sued the HMV Group and UK online music distributor OD2 over a far-reaching European and US patent that it claims covers a broad range of Internet downloads.

According to E-Data, the Freeny patent covers “the downloading and recording of information, such as music, news articles, films, etc., from a computer onto a tangible object, such as a tape, a CD, or a sheet of paper”.

The lawsuits are the latest twist in a legal saga dating back to 1996…If E-Data’s patent is validated in court, industry observers say the company could become one of the richest companies in the IT industry.

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