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Apple Hit with iTunes Allowance Law Suit
Friday, February 8th, 2008 at 9:15 AM - by
Apple's iTunes Store Allowance feature is under fire now that Restricted Spending Solutions has filed a lawsuit against the company claiming the feature violates one of its patents. The case was filed on February 6 in Illinois Southern District Court and states that Apple is using the feature in iTunes without authorization or permission.
The patent in question was filed in 2001 and granted in November 2006. It describes a process where customers can use accounts to limit funds for purchasing audio and video content. Apple's iTunes Store Allowance feature lets users create accounts that they add money to, and then use those funds to purchase songs, TV shows, and movies at the iTunes Store.
Michael J. Picciallo and Peter J. Butch, III -- the inventors of the patent -- and Restricted Spending Solutions are asking the court to order Apple to collect, destroy or deliver all products that infringe on their patent; award infringement damages; award lost profits and/or royalties, triple damages, and other costs and attorney fees.
Apple has not commented on the case.
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