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Chicago-based AccuRadio, Others Sued Over Patent

Chicago-based Internet radio megasite, AccuRadio, along with 8 other website companies have been sued by a New Jersey-based company, Fowler Woods LLC, that claims the websites named in the suit are infringing upon a patent of theirs.

The case, "Fowler Woods LLC v. Accuradio Inc., et al" (Case No. 2:10-cv-00163-TJW-CE) alleges that these companies are using Fowler Woods' patented software for playing audio while displaying moving ads on the player. The plaintiff alleges that the defendants are infringing on U.S. Patent No. 6,351,736, which was issued on February 26, 2002.

The companies named in the lawsuit are:
AccuRadio, Inc.
BlogTalkRadio, Inc.
Glam Media, Inc.
GPS Technologies, Inc.
Hollywood.com, LLC
Morris Publishing Group, LLC
Newgrounds.com, Inc.
A.H. Belo Corporation
TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on May 19th.

Fowler Woods LLC is asking the Court to prohibit the defendants from using this streaming/advertising patented software, monetary damages plus interest, an award of treble damages, as well as attorneys' fees and costs. They are also requesting a jury trial.

This is not the first time Fowler Woods has used the US Courts to protect their copyrights. On February 1st, 2010, Fowler Woods sued 10 other Internet companies for the very same reason:
Internet Radio, Inc.
Blastro, Inc.
BackFlip Studios, Inc.
Fluent Mobile, Inc.
uLocate Communications, Inc.
Onecast, Inc.
PopCap Games, Inc.
MySimbook.com, LLC
Slacker, Inc.
Pandora Media, Inc.

In that case, "Fowler Woods LLC v. Internet Radio, Inc. et al" (Case No. 2:10-cv-00035-TJW), each of the 10 defendants ended up individually settling with Fowler Woods out of court to have their names withdrawn from the lawsuit, with the final settlement occurring the first week of May.

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