Creative has finally gotten their way in court over a dispute
concerning a patent they
applied for about a year ago, and now Apple will be forking out $100 Million
to them. The patent, which covers the way an mp3 player sorts music based on metadata, was quite controversial. The most interesting thing to me was that Creative claimed they were not focusing on the legal side of the patent. For not focusing on the legal side, they sure were quick to take Apple to court.
It's possible for Apple to be reimbursed based on Creative's future dealings, if Creative gets certain deals with manufacturers. The settlement supposedly handles “all” disputes between the two companies, but who knows. When you can't beat them, sue them.