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from the can-i-patent-urls dept.
littlekorea writes "The online music services of Apple and Google are likely to be challenged by a Sydney-based company that has been granted three new patents around file hashing and deduplication. The patents are being managed by Kevin Bermeister, of Altnet/Kazaa fame, who believes that the technology behind P2P music services has been commercialized by the music industry without license." In semi-related patent troll news, Google is being sued over using interactive panoramic images in Streetview. Because QuickTime VR didn't exist years before the patent was filed.
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Australian Firm Targets Apple and Google Cloud Music Services

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  • by bruce_the_moose (621423) on Wednesday July 06, 2011 @12:40PM (#36672536)
    just by reading the title? I hoped "Australian Firm Targets Apple and Google" meant they were going to, oh, I don't know, produce a product and compete? But, no, targeting can only mean one thing any more: lawsuits.
    • Yes, but it's an ingenius patent troll! Now the pirates get to sit back and make bank on all the companies who basically road in on the backs of pirates, who quite honestly DID invent the first "cloud" with P2P. I wish we had more trolls like that. It's kind of a load of crap that some smart kids in school make incredible technology, then get crushed by the likes of the RIAA, only to have some big shot company stroll along, throw money at the record labels, and do basically the same thing without actually

    • Kazaa is the competing service, now Kazaa.com, which they still run. You'd know that if you read the article, saw that Kazaa is still operational as a legitimate business, and is a competing service, and is the company the patents are based on. It was worth the hit to my Karma to make a second post to the same thread to make a completely separate point.

      Then I read your sig and it all made sense why you wouldn't get past the title, fanboy blindness. Too bad none of your Mod's bothered to read the article

  • by pablo_max (626328) on Wednesday July 06, 2011 @01:14PM (#36672914)

    Seriously, this is getting to be freaking ridiculous. No one is allowed to do anything. No one can have any service because some fuck tard has a patent for some idea which he either was never able to implement or bought from some other fuck tard who was not able to implement it.
    This system is completely broken. Something has got to give.

    • by Wovel (964431) on Wednesday July 06, 2011 @02:06PM (#36673416) Homepage

      I have a trademark on the phrase fuck tard used in any online communication. Please visit imatroll.com to pay your license fee.

    • by neoform (551705)

      >No one is allowed to do anything.

      Now you're catching on... massive corporations will own the rights to everything, then will form a conglomerate (or simply merge), then the rich will control your every move.

      End game.

    • America used to be the land of the free, but right now I guess we all better move to Europe!

      • by pablo_max (626328)

        To be fair. I have done this already. My wife and I moved to Germany, thought not due to the patent system, but rather to give our children a better education.

  • by ClaraBow (212734) on Wednesday July 06, 2011 @01:25PM (#36673010)
    I don't think any company can introduce a new service or product without being hit with a lawsuit! The only winners here are the lawyers who are makings lots of money at the expensive of the consumer as companies just pass on the costs. Seriously, we need some reforms -- now!
  • I recently read an article on Ars about this and the thought there is that Google will not be doing deduplication in order to avoid lawsuits. Link: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/07/are-google-music-and-amazon-cloud-player-illegal.ars [arstechnica.com]
  • The patents are being managed by Kevin Bermeister, of Altnet/Kazaa fame, who believes that the technology behind P2P music services has been commercialized by the music industry without license.

    Oh god, that's just hilarious. I so want to see someone from Kazaa screwing over the music industry based on not properly licensing stuff.

    But, really, de-duplification has been commercial use for some number of years ... and identifying files by hashes and the like is hardly new ... so I think from what I've seen in

    • Actually, the big labels are opposing 'music lockers', and they aren't the targets of this lawsuit. Nailing the music industry for patent infringement is difficult, given that they've resisted just about every relevant technological advance in the last century.
      • by gstoddart (321705)

        Nailing the music industry for patent infringement is difficult, given that they've resisted just about every relevant technological advance in the last century.

        Except the ones that give them control over what we do ... DRM, Root Kits, CDs which aren't conformant to the specs, IPs as personally identifiable information, co-opting of the legal system ...

        They just refuse to allow any technology which allows us to make decisions.

        Quite frankly, at this point, even if they're not involved in this litigation, I'd

        • They have taken to DRM fairly quickly, but I don't think frivlous lawsuits really count as a technological advances. But as I said, the record labels are fighting Google's services themselves. Kazaa and the RIAA are on the same side of this issue in being anti-innovator.
          • by gstoddart (321705)

            Kazaa and the RIAA are on the same side of this issue in being anti-innovator.

            Wow, did someone tear a rift in space-time?

            The enemy of my enemy is apparently still a patent troll and an asshat.

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