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Sony targeted in new lawsuit on AACS encryption

Sony can't seem to catch a break.

According to ars technica, the troubled electronics giant is facing yet another lawsuit, less than a week after a Blu-ray related complaint filed by Target Technology. This time, Canadian encryption company Certicom filed a suit claiming Sony had infringed their elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) through the use of AACS encryption.

AACS, or Advanced Access Content System, is a standard encryption technique that's used on both Blu-ray and HD-DVD products. AACS can be found in all PS3 systems and Blu-ray (game and movie) discs. According to the suit, Sony must pay license fees for use of this technology, which will cost company a hefty price, increasing the cost of PS3 that much more. Other Sony products are affected by the suit, including (but not limited to) certain VAIO computers, televisions and DVD players.

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1. Glad I bought my PS3 early...

I hate how small insignificant companies always want to jump on the bandwagon whenever they can - it's pathetic

Posted at 2:43PM on Jun 1st 2007 by DPR

2. "Can't buy a bucket!"

Posted at 2:44PM on Jun 1st 2007 by Robert

3. WTF is with this world... all the suing bullshit. It's no like we are using their crap because we like them. I think maybe all those devices should from now on drop this entirely and not pay them a single cent onward. It's obvious that they waited a while to come up to Sony (and possible MS for HD DVD addon, etc.) for the lawsuit. Sony did release the specs for ps3 a while ago, and vaio computers too. Not saying that this company sits on the patents (they aren't ) but it's quite suspicious that they waited so long to bring it up.

Posted at 2:45PM on Jun 1st 2007 by shase

4. Sony is a lot of things but "troubled"? They're actually getting their s*** together.

Posted at 2:53PM on Jun 1st 2007 by Sauerball

5. "I hate how small insignificant companies always want to jump on the bandwagon"

This company is Canadian which makes it very significant.

Remember folks that these lawsuits have been going on long before the public heres about them.

I bet every day companies such as Sony and Microsoft have a new lawsuit on their hands. We just don't here about them. (which is the way it should be)

Kim Possible rox!

Posted at 3:04PM on Jun 1st 2007 by massive_98

6. OK, if AACS is what is infringing on this patent, shouldn't they be going after the AACS LA?

Posted at 4:06PM on Jun 1st 2007 by mccomber

7. If this is truly an AACS infringement as the Ars article suggests, then why should they only go after Sony? Biggest payday?

Posted at 4:19PM on Jun 1st 2007 by theDude

8. So they only go after Sony for this? Why not Microsoft, or anyone else involved using AACS? Why are they targeting only Sony? And I thought Sony always pays to use AACS? And AACS isn't a Sony developed security tool? It sounds like this company is going after the wrong person in this filing. They need to go after AACS if it is AACS that is infringing. Not Sony.

Posted at 5:33PM on Jun 1st 2007 by Keith

9. This crap is getting freaking ridiculous. Their better be a good reason they're only suing sony on this one and not any of the many other companies/products that use "their" AACS... (unless everybody else is paying this random company of course, which sounds pretty unlikely)

Posted at 12:14AM on Jun 2nd 2007 by Jitty

10. maybe they are not going after HD-Dvd because EITHER a Hd-dvd is paying them for the use OR HD-DVD does not carry this particular type.

Also for those that say
"I hate how small insignificant companies always want to jump on the bandwagon whenever they can - it's pathetic"

well I hate how major corporations think they can walk over the little guy.

Posted at 2:03PM on Jun 2nd 2007 by andres

11. They are not "only" going after Sony. The process with these things is usually something like:

1. try to sell a license
2. If (1) fails, go to court.

Now, step (1) may take up to 2 years to consider failed, as these huge companies are really slow. This means that Certicom has probably been in negotiations with Sony, or at least tried to get into negotiations with them for quite a while. They are probably trying it with all those other AACS using companies.

They definitely not "only" after Sony. But the timing of the licensing deals and/or lawsuits may span several years.

Posted at 1:33PM on Jun 5th 2007 by obzabor

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