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  • Apple Wins the iPod/iTunes Antitrust Trial


    After several years of ongoing legal issues, Apple was recently acquitted of violating US antitrust laws with the FairPlay digital rights management (DRM) software that prevented users from loading content from rival music stores on early iPods. The jury returned the not guilty verdict just one day after deliberations began according to Reuters.

    Both Apple and the plaintiffs gave their closing arguments recently. The case ended up focusing on Apple’s iTunes 7.0 software update which the plaintiffs argued “knocked out competitors” such as RealNetworks. It should be noted that before the recent decision, the suit saw its share of troubles including improper representation of the class by its original plaintiffs.

    Apple ended up successfully arguing that its iPod and iTunes security measures were installed to protect users from potentially malicious software outside of their control. The consensus believed that the measures were taken to help secure the service especially when it came to pirated music and malware.

    The win is definitely one that Apple can chalk up for itself as it was a major victory as of late. That being said, Apple still finds itself amidst patent litigation for various reasons.

    Source: Reuters
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Wins the iPod/iTunes Antitrust Trial started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      They've won it until whoever appeals. We seem to go back and forth in this country with no end.
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      All the plaintiffs should be required to pay for Apple's Legal fees
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by tridley68 View Post
      All the plaintiffs should be required to pay for Apple's Legal fees
      No, not the current plaintiffs, the old ones that didn't even qualify, knew they didn't qualify, and still tried to sue.