It's almost as if the timing of these lawsuits is made directly to counter good news coming out of Apple. Today's lawsuit comes as Apple just announced 4 million Disney movies sold/downloaded:
As reported by ENgadget:
ZapMedia, with a patent granted Tuesday [March 11 2008] is claiming that [their new patent certificate] covers technology used in both the iPod & iTunes. The patent describes a central media server and a "plurality of media player devices" that access the server over various networks -- but it was filed for on September 20th, 2005, which, you'll note, is after the 2003 launch of the iTunes Store. ... ZapMedia also says it has an almost identical 2006 patent filed for in 2000 -- but that patent, as far as a quick USPTO search shows, hasn't been assigned to ZapMedia, instead remaining with Kenneth Liscomb and several other individuals also listed on the new patent.
Apparently, ZapMedia has been trying to shop this patent around to several Intellectual Property firms and IP attorneys and have been unsuccessful so they've decided to take matters into their own greasy grimy hands.