iPhone on trial while Apple attacks iPodHash

Apple legal has acted to prevent a developer creating software that enables music to be downloaded from an iPod to a computer, while the company faces its own lawsuit alleging patent abuse in the way iPhone users can pinch and zoom on-screen images.

The first case sees Apple’s legal beagles slamming a lawsuit down against the iPodhash project, engineers who are working to reverse-engineer the database files on iPods in order to allow third-party utilities to access information held on the devices, or to enable other functions.

Apple added the software to its iPods in the most recent release.

As well as preventing some third party apps from accessing vital information on the players, it also prevents people legitimately reinstalling music on their computers in the event of a crash destroying their collection and the iPod becoming the only repository for their tracks. Apple and the labels should figure out a legal way to simplify this sometimes life-saving step.

However, in an aggressive move to protect its iPod franchise, Apple has levelled a Digital Millenium Copyright Act injunction against the developers.

Moving on to case two, and EMG Technology is accusing Apple that the way Safari on an iPhone lets users view, zoom and scroll through websites contravenes the litigants patent.

EMG claims this violates patent number 7,441,196, titled “Apparatus and method of manipulating a region on a wireless device screen for viewing, zooming and scrolling internet content.”.

“In brief, the patent describes a method by which a website would be rendered to create a “sister site” so that it can be presented on a TV, handheld device, or cell phone, and blocks of the site would be broken up in the code so that they could be zoomed in on easily when the user selects it,” Ars Technica explains.

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