A years-old fight over the technology Apple uses in iTunes, App Store, and Apple Music has a new development. On Friday, a federal jury in Texas declared that.
Apple had indeed infringed a patent for a digital rights management technology held by Personalized Media Communications. As a result, it ordered the tech giant to fork over roughly $308.5 million.
As explained by Personalized Media Communications, a file that is encrypted with FairPlay. Such as a piece of media content or software app is digitally encrypted. And can only be decrypted by an authorized user device based on user-specific or device-specific decryption information.
Although Apple successfully challenged the case at the U.S. patent office. An appeals court later reversed that decision. And just last week, U.S. District Judge denied Apple’s request to declare Personalized Media Communication’s patent invalid.
Personalized Media Communications had set a $240 million price tag for what Apple owed the company in royalties. For using its technology. However, the court ordered Apple to pay a large amount, which is the price determined by the sales of licensed products or processes.
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