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Patent Lawsuit Targets Pretty Much Everyone in Hollywood

All of the major Hollywood studios, several independents and a few porn outlets are being accused of violating a patent that allows DVDs and Blu-Ray discs to organize and skip to chapters and scenes in a menu.

The plaintiff in the case is Patent Harbor LLC, which filed its patent infringement lawsuit on Tuesday in Texas District Court.

The complaint targets practically every film that has been released on home entertainment in the past 20 years, including Twentieth Century Fox's Predator, Lionsgate's Kick Ass, Disney's Chronicles of Narnia, The Weinstein Company's A Single Man, Time Warner's The Wire, Lightsorm's Avatar, and Summit's The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

The patent in question covers a "Method for Assembling Content Addressable Video," filed in 1994. The plaintiff is seeking in its complaint compensatory damages and post-judgment royalties. 

Perhaps the good news for Hollywood is that everyone can split the legal defense costs.