Video footage of the Summer Olympics at nbcolympics.com likely won't be compromised by a lawsuit filed by Gotuit Media against Microsoft earlier this month. The suit won't even go before a judge in San Francisco Federal Court until Oct. 10, some six weeks after the closing ceremonies of the games in Beijing.
Earlier coverage: Technology that powers Olympics on Web at center of lawsuit
In its complaint, filed July 2, Gotuit alleges that Silverlight, Microsoft’s rival to Adobe’s Flash for Video and the technology powering the online video coverage of the games, infringes on Gotuit patents that allow "for the enhancement, personalization and monetization of video and other media." The complaint reads, in part:
Gotuit's technology employs, among other things, metadata for describing scenes within a video file and tagging of these metadata-enhanced scenes to enable enhanced video viewing, search and navigation, all without altering the underling video file... Microsoft has infringed and is still infringing the Patents in Suit by, without authority, consent, right or license, and in direct infringement of the Patents in Suit, making, using, offering for sale and/or selling products using the methods, systems and apparatus claimed in the Patents in Suit in this country. This conduct constitutes infringment...
Read the formal complaint