Spotify in patent infringement suit
San Francisco - Digital music service Spotify, which recently arrived in the US, has been sued by music and video streaming software maker PacketVideo for allegedly violating a patent it holds for digital music distribution.
In court documents filed this week in the US District Court in the Southern District of California, PacketVideo said it believes Spotify's free and paid music-streaming service is violating its patent for a "device for the distribution of music in digital form".
The patent covers methods for streaming copyright-protected music from a central device over data networks.
Spotify offers free and paid digital music offerings in the UK and several European countries. It launched stateside in July.