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LG Aims To Block Distribution Of PS3 In The United States

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Like two willowy rich kids sparring in the Headmaster's Office at some $80,000 a year prep school, Sony and LG have been trading blows over patent issues, with LG recently turning to the International Trade Commission in the hopes of getting PS3s removed from store shelves in America. The newest complaint revolves around the Blu-Ray technology in not only the PS3, but Sony televisions -- specifically, "a way of dealing with multiple data streams, such as different camera angles, as well as a system to reproduce data that's stored on a read-only device," according to Bloomburg. If successful, the ITC could block the foreign-made PS3 on the ground that it violates U.S.-registered patents.

I understand that Sony isn't exactly innocent here -- in fact they took action against LG on patent grounds before this little episode -- but I'm having a difficult time understanding LG's logic. My initial reaction was "This isn't going to happen -- at all," thus making the formal complaint nothing more than an adorably idle threat. However, let's say that I'm wrong, and LG does succeed in their efforts. They will then be faced with the PR nightmare of being the company that sacked the PS3 (however temporarily), and regardless of the merits of their argument, they will still have to deal with an unforgiving public -- a public that might then think twice about buying their products.

Being a mere thousandare with no degree of savviness in the spheres of either business or law, I don't see the benefit of their approach, so I can only note that pulling this sort of stunt does little more than amount to so much chest thumping like some kind of deranged ape.

Sadly we're not in my fantasy world in which "wasting everyone's time" is a legal offense punishable by a minimum of $10,000 per hour of time wasted, so Sony and LG will continue their legal battles until some sort of agreement is reached. This could also be settled man-to-man at the flagpole, but until we transition into a fun-based economy, I fear we're stuck with court battles. Oh well, a boy can always dream.

via Kotaku

9 Comments

Ann said:

I hope SONY gets what it deserves just ONCE! And may, just maybe, we will get lik-sang back :D

Clock said:

No sympathy for Sony. Sony is usually the first to jump on lawsuits...

They are even filing lawsuits against people that commented on videos with the key for the PS3. Commented on youtube. They are demanding Google give them the information.

I hope Sony gets smacked down hard for the way they have been treating the PS3 community. :I

Being as Sony has plagerised EVERYTHING it'll be nice to see them get what they deserve. If only it were Nintendo that were sueing them :P

Can't say I have any love for Sony either.

Even M$ has abit more humility than them [and they are still the newbies to the gaming industry].

The likes of Sony and Apple are really two sides of the coin to me, tis all about presentation and extortion of the highest order - all the other important building blocks denied.

Yawn! said:

Another day, another post full of Sony haters. You Nintendo fans should really step out of 2007 and find better things to do with your time. All that hate is really deconstructive.

Duncan said:

Interesting. The ps3 is still 3rd in NA and losing ground, especially after this past holiday. You'd think they would be trying to do the opposite of what they seem to be doing. And Sony fans are fast becoming the new sega fans circa 1990.

Rosa said:

Gaygamer is so Nintendo biased :(

VorpalBunny said:

Rosa, if it's any consolation, I'm primarily in the PC camp, Sony being behind that. I don't begrudge anyone their own preferences, though.

Rosa said:

I don't really have any bias. Though Sony has the best batting record for me, it took me three years to even consider getting a PS3. I guess PC is where I enjoy gaming most, but the games that have come out for it are pretty crap ...

I just hate the biases when I see them, they turn everyone into fanged, beligerent idiots, and I see a lot of it on this site :(

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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