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Apple pays $ 308.5 million for patent infringements on iTunes, Apple Music, and the App Store


After six years of litigation, a Texas jury found that the tech giant Manzana must pay $ 308.5 million to the company Personalized media communication (PMC). This in finding that the apple company seven patents infringed Disseminate content on their platforms iTunes, Apple Music Y. Appstore.

The lawsuit hasn’t been new since then, says Bloomberg PMC has been suing Apple since 2015 for infringing seven of his patents. Shortly after filing the lawsuit, von founded the company Steve Jobs questioned the validity of PMC’s patents in the Patent Complaints and Proceedings Chamber and won the case.

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Apple pays $ 308.5 million for patent infringements on iTunes, Apple Music, and the App Store
Apple pays $ 308.5 million for patent infringements on iTunes, Apple Music, and the App Store

In March 2020, however, an appeals court ruled to challenge the original decision and bring the case back to court. This time the Texas jury decided in favor of PMC. It was found that ManzanaIn fact, it violated the patents mentioned through its use of the technology Fair play to the Management of digital rights.

The technology Fair play It is used to encode an AAC audio layer in MP4 multimedia files. Manzana uses it to distribute content on iTunes, Apple Music Y. Appstoreso that they can only be reproduced on authorized devices with registered accounts.

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The figure of $ 308.5 million covers the License fees since Manzana infringing patents for the first time. In addition, the jurors appointed the company pay current license fees to PMC for the use of the patent on their products.

In statements for the same medium, Manzana commented that they will appeal the verdict. “Cases like this, filed by companies that don’t make or sell a product, stifle innovation and ultimately harm consumers.”said the company.

For its part, the Reuters agency found that Personalized media communication also has lawsuits against Netflix, Google Y. Amazon for the same situation.

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