Tech Talk News: Spotify Sued Already!!!!!

Spotify has only been operating in the U.S. for two weeks, but already it’s being sued for patent infringement.Earlier this week, Packet Video, a company that develops software to help people wirelessly listen to music and watch video, sued Spotify in the U.S. and the Netherlands for allegedly violating U.S. patent 5,636,276. According to PacketVideo, the patent, which it secured in 1997 by acquiring Switzerland-based company Basel, relates to the “distribution of music in digital form.” In a statement, PacketVideo said that Spotify’s use of its patented technology “enables Spotify’s cloud-based music service.” @TatWZA @YungJohnnybravo

Ed Helms’ Tyson Face Tattoo in “Hangover 2” Will Be Replaced in DVD Version

The execs behind this summer’s blockbuster “The Hangover: 2” were facing heat prior to the movie’s release, with a lawsuit on the table from the creator of Mike Tyson’s infamous face tattoo. In the movie, Ed Helms’ character wakes up with the same tattoo on his face (after a wild night), and the original tattoo artist that did Mike’s tat was none-too-pleased that he’d never given consent for the usage of the copywritten art. He’d tried to stop the release of the movie all together and was unsuccessful, but Warner Bros. is still willing to work with him and plan to digitally alter the face tattoo on the DVD version of the movie. @MarisaMendez

Global Vehicles drops lawsuit against Mahindra

Global Vehicles U.S.A. was under contract to import the diesel-powered Mahindra pickup, but the Indian automaker claimed that the pact had expired. The drama between the two companies began over the summer when GV filed suit against Mahindra in Atlanta, GA claiming that the automaker was attempting to cut the importer out of the action. Mahindra later flat-out refused GV’s $35 million order back in September, leading to more bad blood. @funkmasterflex

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