E-Data Settles European Music Patent Row with OD2, Tiscali, Microsoft

E-Data has signed a world-wide agreement for past and future royalties with On Demand Distribution (OD2), settling the infringement actions against OD2, HMV Group, Tiscali, and Microsoft Deutschland, for infringing upon E-Data’s European patent EP 0 195 098 B-1, also known as ‘the Freeny patent.’

The Freeny patent covers the downloading and recording of information, such as music, from a computer onto a tangible object, such as CDs, DVDs and MP3 players.

News.com: E-Data is characterizing the suit’s settlement as an explicit shot across the bow of other download services–Brodsky specifically cites Apple Computer’s iTunes–that are planning to enter the European market.

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