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  • Apple, AT&T and many others sued over Shazam Music Recognition Capabilities

    Though we do not follow every Apple lawsuit closely - there are dozens of them - this one seems to be rather funny!

    A company named Tune Hunter, Inc. filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple and several other companies including Samsung, Napster, Motorola, Gracenote, LG Electronics, Pantech Wireless, and Cellco Partnership (Verizon Wireless) just because they allowed the download of Shazam - a music recognition app that infringes their "Music Identification System" patent - on their mobile platforms!

    In the patent, the company described it's application as relating "to a music identification/purchasing system, specifically to a method for marking the time and the name of the radio station in portable device such as a key holder, watch, cellular phone, beeper or the like which will allow the user to learn via internet or regular telephone the name of the song, artist and/or music company by matching the stored data with broadcast archive."

    This is quite similar to the core functionality of Shazam app that recognizes music being played from any source such as a radio, audio player etc, locates it in it's database and allows you to "tag" it to get certain information about the track like lyrics, related youtube videos, track review and much more, and even provides iTunes and Amazon link to purchase it.

    Though, the company doesn't have gripes with any particular defendant but broadly blames them for contributing to "willful and deliberate" infringement by allowing the app to sell even though it claims to notify "one or more" of them. The company seeks them to pay the damages and stop further infringement.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple, AT&T and many others sued over Shazam Music Recognition Capabilities started by sayam View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. disturbedreaper's Avatar
      disturbedreaper -
      its a completely difernt system they have a simalar goal but all there does is recor the time and station which anyone with a pen and paper could do you ever see thouse things were a little detail is changed well this isnt even a copy so i dont see how this has a ground to stand on
      also shazam is god's favorite app an if any thing happend to it he would be agry
    1. iPhoneMuscle's Avatar
      iPhoneMuscle -
      That's just plane stupid...

      Lawyers aint gonna do squat!!!
    1. Kaatje's Avatar
      Kaatje -
      Lawsuits against Apple will only stifle technology at the expense of endusers
    1. tattoojack's Avatar
      tattoojack -
      at this point, suing apple is a marketing ploy to get your business name in the news.

      think about how famous you would be on myspace if you sued apple for not giving you mms in your iphone.

      instant million friends!

    1. canadiancow's Avatar
      canadiancow -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jordo_6 View Post
      This is Stupid lol, Shazam is great! I've used it pretty much every since it came out and last night alone I used it more than 5 times.
      While I do question the merits of the lawsuit, your post makes no sense. You're saying that I can commit patent infringement as long as I develop a good product?
    1. faiz1120's Avatar
      faiz1120 -
      lmao SHAZAM FTW LOL........the courts throwing this case out its to late cause shazam been out for a while.....i use all the time lol.......its the best app ever lol.....after air mouse pro!!!!!^.^
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      If there is a legitimate gripe then they should be compensated.
    1. jayune's Avatar
      jayune -
      hahahahahaha heck yea suing apple is sort out a popularity thing, i'm hearing of companies I never knew existed. Oh well anyone here want to team up and sue apple.......seriously hahaha
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      class action mms suit?