Apple, Amazon, Napster, Netflix Sued Over Online Music Distribution Patent

Ars Technica is reporting on a new development in the tech patent lawsuit war. Apple, along with Amazon, Netflix, Napster, Microsoft, Rhapsody and a few others, is being sued by Sharing Sound LLC over their infringement of the patent “Distribution of musical products by a web site vendor over the internet.”

The patent covers pretty much any website that sells digital music, and as I found when looking over the patent, CD sales as well.

The system according to claim 1, wherein the listed items are either compact disks [sic] containing music recorded thereon or digital music in an encoded format.

This seems like another case of patent trolling, what with the excessively broad patent and the generic “Sharing Sound LLC” name. The suit was also filed in the Eastern District of Texas, which is known for siding in favor of patentholders.

Apple faces patent suits over iTunes Store, Safari, Mac OS X [Ars Technica]