A few reports around the web have indicated that Apple is being sued by a Vermont man claiming that he patented the iTunes interface 2 years prior to Apple releasing it.
Well, if that is so ... then Cassady & Greene who created SoundJam MP created and patented the software and interface 3 years before Apple bought it. If you remember, Apple bought Soundjam MP from Cassady & Greene (which was a paid program) and turned it into a free program ...aka iTunes. iTunes has since been refined and honed in many ways.
The most ridiculous part of the patent claim made by David Contois, owner of Contois Music & Technology of Essex Junction:
"To select a song in a digital jukebox interface"
That's the patent!
So basically he was granted the ownership of a click!
Patent to be thrown out after Apple requests a review ... NEXT!
For a followup story and history on Apple's iTunes and Other MP3 player software for the Mac:
Audion Is Now Audioff
This lawsuit will be added to the Fix Your Thinking Reference Section: Your Rights, The Law, & Litigation. This section contains all known litigation Apple Computer has been involved in and is presently seeking to be resolved.