Feeds

Toshiba sues DVD duplicator Acme

Claims manufactured discs unlicensed

Reducing security risks from open source software

Toshiba last week launched legal action against an Italian disc duplication company it maintains has infringed its intellectual property.

The complaint, filed with the Milan District Court, claims that disc replicator Acme SpA has been punching out discs that match the DVD specification even though the Italian company has not licensed the technology from Toshiba or the DVD6C Licensing Group, one of the holding companies for DVD patents pooled on behalf of nine companies.

This, Toshiba alleged, has harmed its own DVD business, and it wants the Italian court to force Acme not only to license the allegedly infringed patents but also to cough up damages. Toshiba also wants the court to ban Acme from replicating DVDs in the meantime.

Toshiba has plenty of experience of this kind of thing. In July 2007, it sued Görlitz-based German disc duplicator EDD Bizz GmbH for essentially the same thing: allegedly producing DVDs without without the right to do so.

And Toshiba has separately taken legal action in the US against a number of Taiwanese DVD drive makers and American importers and wholesalers during the past five years, most recently filing complaints on 6 April 2007 against "17 manufacturers and importers of DVD-related products" from the US, China and Hong Kong, including Daewoo and jWIN.

The case against EDD is not expected to come before the Düsseldorf District Court until this coming Summer. At the time, EDD said it was currently in licensing negotiations with DVD intellectual property holders and accused Toshiba of jumping the gun.

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

More from The Register

next story
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Big Blue Apple: IBM to sell iPads, iPhones to enterprises
iOS/2 gear loaded with apps for big biz ... uh oh BlackBerry
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.