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    Xbox 360 sales forbidden across Germany

    An extraordinary ruling declared today in a Mannheim court has resulted in a ban on selling Xbox 360 consoles throughout Germany.
    Microsoft will no longer be able to distribute the console to retailers, and may be forced to recall systems sitting on shop shelves and have them destroyed.

    The ruling will not come into effect until Microsoft’s appeal process has concluded.
    Also banned is Windows 7 OS discs, as well as the electronic distribution of Internet Explorer and Windows Media player.
    The shock ruling is due to Motorola Mobility, a phones company which Google is in the process of acquiring, today being granted an injunction against the distribution of key Microsoft products in Germany.

    Motorola Mobility, which last year posted an annual loss of $145 million, was successful in convincing the court that Microsoft had infringed two patents central to the H.264 video coding and playback.

    "We are pleased that the Mannheim Court found that Microsoft products infringe Motorola Mobility's intellectual property,” Motorola Mobility said in a statement.

    The company said it was still keen on resolving the matter, but Microsoft believes that meeting all demands would cost it about $4 billion each year.

    "This is one step in a long process, and we are confident that Motorola will eventually be held to its promise to make its standard essential patents available on fair and reasonable terms for the benefit of consumers who enjoy video on the web," a Microsoft spokesman told the BBC.
    http://www.develop-online.net/news/4...across-Germany
    Last edited by CrAwL; May 2, 2012 at 14:59.

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    Re: Xbox 360 sales forbidden across Germany

    And the patent wars rage on!!!

    There is no way that Microsoft will not allow any of its products to be sold/download in an entire modern country, they will settle for a large amount and microsft will pay patent rights payments etc. This will all happen before the end of the appeals time period and it will never affect the consumers, IMO of course.

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    Re: Xbox 360 sales forbidden across Germany

    Ha ha, that's funny. Good old Google... they steal other people's sh1t and then sue MS via the backdoor. Don't be evil, my arse...

    Oh, not to let the facts get in the way... the ban isn't in effect and probably never will be. Sorry to put a pin in the headline there...
    Last edited by Zoolook; May 2, 2012 at 16:22.

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