Out-Law News | 03 Sep 2003 | 12:00 am |
In addition to the lawsuits against HMV and OD2, E-Data is also suing Dutch publisher Satellite Newspapers and has alerted several other European companies to their need for a license under the Freeny patent.
The company warns that it will not hesitate to launch additional legal actions if necessary.
Tibor T. Tallos, president of E-Data Corporation stated:
"This litigation will likely have widespread ramifications within the European music and publishing industries. The web site of HMV, one of On Demand Distribution's customers, specifically permits the consumer to burn downloaded music onto a CD, or record it onto a portable playing device. Similarly, a Satellite Newspapers kiosk is capable of receiving files and on-demand printing of newspapers. We believe these activities are in clear violation of our patents."
OD2, co-founded by Peter Gabriel, recently struck a deal with Microsoft to offer Windows users a service that rivals Apple's popular iTunes.