Apple’s iCloud Making Music Pirates Pay

Apple CEO Steve Jobs “…unveiled a system that might finally get music lovers to pay for the songs they got through less-than-proper means…

…Aside from offering to freely distribute new and old iTunes purchases on all of a user’s devices, the Apple impresario unveiled “iTunes Match,” a $25-a-year service starting this fall that will scan users’ devices and hard drives for music acquired in other ways, store it on distant computer servers and allow them to access it anywhere..” (Billboard – Ryan Nakashima, AP)

Apple Protects Application Makers

A little more than a week after iOS developers were  threatened with legal action by a company that holds various patents, Apple’s legal department has struck back.

Apple has sent a letter to patent-holder Lodsys after many iOS developers reported receiving letters containing a threat that they risked patent-infringement lawsuits if they didn’t pay Lodsys to license a patent covering in-app purchasing and other app-related matters.

In it’s letter, Apple says its existing license for patents covering in-app purchases applies to all iOS app makers as well.

The crux of Apple’s letter, from senior vice president and general counsel Bruce Sewell, is right in its opening paragraph, which reads in part: “Apple is undisputedly licensed to these patents and the Apple App Makers are protected by that license. There is no basis for Lodsys’ infringement allegations against Apple’s App Makers. In addition to stating that Apple would share the letter with developers—which it has—the company also says that it “is fully prepared to defend Apple’s license rights.” (for full article see Lex Freedman, Macworld).