from the because-without-that,-no-one-would-have-thought-of-it dept
Earlier this year, we noted that Rovi (the hip new name for DRM company Macrovision) had taken a bunch of the patents it got when it bought Gemstar/TV Guide a few years back, and sued Amazon for daring to offer a TV listing on IMDB. Apparently Rovi is having so much fun suing people for doing totally obvious things that it’s expanded the effort and is now suing Hulu as well. It’s interesting to see that it’s actually using different patents in this case, compared to in the Amazon case, but that doesn’t make them any less questionable:
- 6,396,546: “Electronic television program guide schedule system and method”
- 7,103,906: “User controlled multi-device media-on-demand system”
- 7,769,775: “Search engine for video and graphics with access authorization”
Yet another case where actually doing the obvious thing to provide the obvious service you want to offer… gets you sued. America’s innovation system at work.