ZapMedia sues Apple over iTunes, iPod

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Apple has been slapped with yet another patent infringement lawsuit, with ZapMedia Services claiming iTunes and iPod infringe on patents submitted in 2000 and awarded to them in 2006 for distributing digital music and videos.

Specifically, the patents in question cover a way of sending music and other digital content from servers to multiple media players – a broad description that could easily apply to other companies selling digital media and the devices to play it. ZapMedia said its move comes after multiple failed attempts to come to an agreement with Apple. The company is now asking for a royalty cut on both sales of iPods as well as iTunes music sales and a permanent injunction against Apple.

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