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Hollywood Docket: Rovi Alleges Amazon.com, IMDb Violated Patents

  • Rovi Corp. is suing Amazon.com and its IMDb.com subsidiary for patent infringement. Rovi says it has licensed its technology to Apple, Comcast, DirecTV, Time Warner, Verizon, and others. The company says it had entered into licensing discussions with Amazon but was unable to reach an agreement. It's somewhat unclear from the complaint what technology features are being claimed as infringing, but one of the patents in question allows for "the unattended recording of future occurring programs using a personal computer." It's likely the complaint targets Amazon's On Demand program guides. [Here's the complaint]
  • A German appeals court has ruled that RapidShare has taken sufficient measures against copyright infringement and has dismissed a lawsuit against game publisher Atari over distribution of the game, Alone in the Dark, on its network. [TF]
  • A planned national strike by India's film industry to protest changes to copyright laws to require the sharing of royalties of Bollywood films with music composers has been delayed two weeks. [Deccan Chronicle]
  • Hungary is under fire for a controversial new media law that allows the government to impose fines for violating "public interest, public morals or order." Hungary's prime minister says the country will change the law if required by the EU. [BBC]
  • A New York photographer has filed a lawsuit against Kanye West for assault and battery over an incident that happened in May, 2008. [NY Post]