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Apple sued for lack of originality

QuickTime streaming was our idea
Thu Dec 03 2009, 12:04

APPLE HAS BEEN SLAPPED with another lack of originality lawsuit, this time over its QuickTime movie player.

Emblaze, which is a group of technology companies, claims that it owns a patent that describes a system for streaming media and that Quicktime infringes it.

The patent involves an HTTP Live Streaming feature in QuickTime that Apple seems to think sprang fully formed from the genius of Steve Jobs.

Emblaze said that it had been developing its streaming technology for over ten years and plans to roll it out in the First Else smartphone some time next year.

Mac Observer reports that the phone will be released through Emblaze's subsidiary company Else.

Emblaze's technology lets users stream content without requiring special servers and can also stream through firewalls.

Of course Apple is saying nothing about the lawsuit. It has until December 15 to reply. µ


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