updated 11:25 am EDT, Fri May 25, 2007
Sony faces Blu-Ray lawsuit
In a move that may have dramatic repercussions for HD media, Target Technologies has sued three divisions of Sony -- Sony Pictures, Sony DADC, and Sony Computer Entertainment America -- over the composition of Blu-Ray discs. Target alleges that Blu-Ray violates a patent for silver-alloy reflective materials, which offer the benefits of gold without the cost.
If Target wins the case as presented, it will be granted a permanent injunction against Blu-Ray, at least in the technology's present form; the company would also collect damages with interest. A more likely outcome (based on similar cases) is an out-of-court settlement, since Sony has already invested billions of dollars with Blu-Ray. [via CNET]