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Old 05-23-2012, 04:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Judge recommends US Xbox 360 ban

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A judge has recommended that the Xbox 360 be banned in the US.


Courthouse News reports that Judge David Shaw said the International Trade Commission should use a cease and desist order to ban imports of the Xbox 360 Slim 4GB and 250GB models into the US because, in his view, they infringe on four patents owned by Motorola.


He also wants Microsoft to post a bond equal to seven per cent of the value of unsold Xbox 360s in the US.


The patents at the heart of the dispute revolve around how the Xbox 360 decodes video content. Motorola claims ownership on the tech powering this.


Reacting to this latest decision, Microsoft argued the ban would not serve the public interest because it would leave consumers with only two home console options: the PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo Wii. But the judge rejected the claim, saying it was more important to enforce intellectual property rights. Plus, he wasn't convinced Sony and Nintendo wouldn't be able to meet increased demand.


Microsoft said the suggested seven per cent bond was unnecessary, and recommended it be reduced to 2.5 per cent. Motorola wants it increased to a whopping 100 per cent of the value of the unsold Xbox 360s.


So what happens next in this long-running, complex patent dispute? If the ITC makes the judge's recommendation final, President Barack Obama will then have 60 days to review the decision. After that period expires, the next step is the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Judge recommends US Xbox 360 ban • News • Eurogamer.net

Well, this is unexpected. I'm sure that Microsoft will work something out, though.
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Old 05-23-2012, 04:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Judge recommends US Xbox 360 ban

Seems really silly and pointless. I understand Motorola's concern but the 360 is near the end of it's cycle anyways.
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Re: Judge recommends US Xbox 360 ban

If it's infringing on copyright laws I suppose it should be banned. It wouldn't effect many anyhow, as Tenser said it's nearing the end most people who want them have them.
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Re: Judge recommends US Xbox 360 ban

Motorola already has the 360 banned in Germany.
Apple got a ban all HTC Android phones from being imported into the US.
Microsot successfully banned all Motorola Android phones from being imported into the US.
Apple and Samsung have fought and banned each other's products all over the world.

This current digital patent war is out of control.
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relevant.

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Re: Judge recommends US Xbox 360 ban

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This current digital patent war is out of control.
This.
Yeah, it really is.
I feel like it is going to be the downfall of the industry, and it's not in a great place to begin with.
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Re: Judge recommends US Xbox 360 ban

This is a great way to show people exactly why people support GNU/Linux FOSS. Not because they want to be hipsters but because it actually matters. There are some ridiculous patents out there.

Also, big corporations buy up tons of patents because it's cheaper then replacing/making a better product. Before lenon went full on Marx, he wrote a book called IMPERIALISM THE HIGHEST STAGE OF CAPITALISM which basically explains the whole thing. There are probably a hundred cancer curing patents out there shelved by bayers and whoever because it's financially not in their interest.

Patents are a great idea as an incentive to create, but there is always going to be one jerk who finds the loophole and ruins it for everyone. Microsoft is no better then Motorola, in fact it's usually Microsoft doing the shady patent trolling.

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Apple And Microsoft Behind Patent Troll Armed With Thousands Of Nortel Patents | Techdirt

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