Sharing Sound, LLC recently brought a lawsuit on a few different companies offering online music sales. The lawsuit was over a patent that Sharing Sound owned for the online distribution of digital music files. The companies mentioned in the lawsuit included Apple, Microsoft, Napster, Rhapsody, Amazon, and Netflix. Today, however, Apple has officially settled the patent dispute.
According to the lawsuit, “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.”
Signing off on the settlement was Judge David Folsom of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. No additional details were mentioned in the settlement.
TechCrunch notes that if this patent were enforced, it could have been devastating to one of Apple’s strongest business models.
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