Burst.com, the same company that sued Microsoft in 2002 and to which Redmond paid a $60 million license fee in 2005, claims Apple infringes upon several of its patents relating to music and video downloading. As such, it recently demanded that the U.S. District Court in San Francisco shut down a range of Apple services, including iTunes, Quicktime streaming and sales of the company’s flagship product, the iPod. Of course, Apple responded with what amounts to “make me,” filing a counter-suit demanding the rescinding of Burst’s patents in question. First it’s France demanding Apple open its iPod and now Burst demanding back royalties. Maybe Apple should hire a better image consultant.
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