Shazam! “Digimarc’s suing us!”

image from images.google.com Digimarc has filed a lawsuit for patent infringement against Shazam, the provider of popular mobile music identification and discovery applications.  

Digimarc asserts that Shazam's music id technology infringes three of Digimarc's patents, including two patents dating back to 1995. Digimarc's patents relate to technology that enables devices to identify audio and visual content and immediately link the consumer to associated internet services.

"We prefer negotiated business relations over litigation, but having not made progress in initiating such discussions, we are heading to court to enforce our patents," stated Bruce Davis, chairman and CEO of Digimarc. "While we are comfortable seeking help from the courts to enforce our intellectual property rights where they are not properly respected, our general approach is to foster adoption of our technologies by establishing mutually profitable business relationships in which we receive fair consideration for our innovations while supporting continued progress toward the realization of a shared vision."

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