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Spotify Sued For Patent Infringement 151

Posted by timothy
from the just-a-hazing-ritual-nowadays dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Celebrated online music player Spotify just entered the US market a few weeks ago, and already it's being sued for patent infringement. Welcome to America! The patent in question is a very very broad patent on distribution of music in a digital form, which basically describes how anyone would ever distribute digital music. The company suing, PacketVideo, has no competing product. It just wants money from the company that actually innovated."
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Spotify Sued For Patent Infringement

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  • Spotify (Score:4, Insightful)

    by m2vq (2417438) on Friday July 29, 2011 @01:27AM (#36917978)
    Spotify is actually an awesome service. For a few years it has almost completely stopped music piracy in scandinavia and in other european countries. Now instead of sending each other mp3 files as file transfer people are just pasting spotify links in IM conversations here. It's something music companies should be proud of, and help it grow even more.
  • On the bright side (Score:5, Insightful)

    by scottbomb (1290580) on Friday July 29, 2011 @01:27AM (#36917986) Journal

    The more these patent trolls do their thing, the closer we get to legislation that puts an end (or at least seriously hampers) such behavior. Unfortunately, such legislation tends to have unintended consequences but seriously, this is getting out of control and something needs to be done. I can see this as another case where the "loser pays" idea may have an impact.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 29, 2011 @01:48AM (#36918076)

    I heard that the Congress will take care of that legislation you're talking about right after they agree on raising the debt limit...

  • by mykos (1627575) on Friday July 29, 2011 @01:54AM (#36918116)
    Patents, in theory, are designed with the ultimate goal of rewarding creativity. But now creative people can't walk two steps without tripping over a patent. So now they have to work for a giant company who has a mountain of patents in its vault just so they have protection from being sued out of existence by companies like the ones they work for.

    Oh yeah, and anything creative the individual come up with is now property of the corporation, adding to the cycle.
  • by fadir (522518) on Friday July 29, 2011 @02:29AM (#36918264)

    Seriously, I'm sick and tired of this.

    I'm absolutely convinced that we suffer way greater from all the damage those patent trolls cause and the general barrier that the pure existence of patents pose than the potential issues of a total removal of patents would cause. I have yet to see any conclusive argumentation why we actually need (in the meaning of: the society as a whole) patents. There might be slight issues with innovation in certain areas during the transition but I'm sure that this wouldn't outweigh the benefits of not having to employ hordes of lawyers or being afraid to get sued to hell and back all the time.

  • Re:Spotify (Score:4, Insightful)

    by CowboyBob500 (580695) on Friday July 29, 2011 @04:22AM (#36918774) Homepage
    If an artist is trying to create something to make money then they are doing it for the wrong reason - and it most likely shows (see Rebecca Black). If as an artist you end up making money, then that's great but it should never be a driving factor in the creation process. Which is why every single artist I know (including myself) would still put their music up on Spotify even if they paid nothing at all. It's all about spreading the word, finding an audience, and most importantly people appreciating what you are doing. One person saying they enjoy your art is worth more than any money these companies pay - whether that's 0.00029c or 99c (or whatever) per play.

    (This is all IMO obviously)
  • by DaAdder (124139) on Friday July 29, 2011 @06:00AM (#36919154) Homepage
    Basically what this amounts to is actively discouraging anyone in the technology sector, anywhere in the world, to do business in the USA. You're clearly showing that what works and is successful in the rest of the world is an unwanted development in your country. As someone is pointing out, this has reduced, almost eliminated the need for music piracy in a lot of European countries, which apparently isn't something you're interested in either.

    On top of that, you're considering not paying the interest on the money you borrowed from the rest of the world. This would of course end people betting on your country as a safe investment. Money flowing into your economy from the rest of the world appears to be something to avoid as well. Reducing the number of people in your country that can actually pay their mortgage or stay employed at all seems to be no cause for concern either.

    The only thing I can really see you doing that would cause your status as an ally and first rate investment opportunity to go into decline any faster, would perhaps be to start senseless wars that ran on for decades mainly to keep the price of oil up.

    Oh wait...

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