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Xbox 360 Now Banned In Germany

Woah.

According to the BBC, the Xbox 360 has been banned in Germany – at least in theory – although it’s unlikely anything will happen immediately, and Microsoft are obviously to appeal.

The site says that an injunction against the distribution of certain Microsoft products in Germany was just granted to Motorola Mobility.

“The sales ban covers the Xbox 360 games console, Windows 7 system software, Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player,” it says, citing two alleged patent infringements that are needed to offer H.264 video playback.

“A US court has banned Motorola from enforcing the action until it considers the matter next week,” the BBC goes on to say.

“Motorola is prohibited from acting on today’s decision, and our business in Germany will continue as usual while we appeal this decision and pursue the fundamental issue of Motorola’s broken promise,” said a spokesperson for Microsoft.

More here.

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24 Comments
  1. YOURMUMANDME
    Member
    Since: Oct 2008

    I think at this late stage in the 360 amd win7 cycle the real person suffering here would be the consumer, all seems a bit daft to me.

    Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 12:10.
  2. SH Number 7/Mini-Lipscombe
    Member
    Since: May 2011

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

    Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 12:10.
  3. Tomhlord
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Apr 2009

    It isn’t.

    Still on sale, case under appeal, will be a while yet. But if it does go through, holy moly! Motorola themselves are also under scrutiny too however…

    Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 12:12.
  4. HoboCastro
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Should have used x264 like everyone else. Expect SCE who hopefully paid up.

    Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 12:13.
  5. mrfodder
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Got to love how America can stop Motorola enforcing a ban in Germany.

    Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 12:18.
    • Amphlett
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      Hmmm, this is the strange part of the article. Surely Germany can enforce whatever laws they see fit in their own country, what’s it got to do with America?

      Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 12:38.
      • cc_star
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Forever

        Can only think it because we’re almost at the situation where America’s laws are enforceable around the world

        A couple of months ago a British student who made a website with links (just links not actual copyrightable content) to other websites that streamed TV shows was extradited from UK to the US to face charges there despite breaking no laws here, or not being charged for doing so at least.

        Welcome to the digital world where the US policy makers backed heavily by content producers dictate what the rest of the world can & can’t do

        Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 12:49.
      • shields_t
        Member
        Since: Oct 2008

        Is it not a counter action about Motorola’s infringements of licensing commitments that is pending in the States?

        Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 13:39.
      • woodsy321
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        That guy u mention is my step cousin, believe it not, and he’ll soon be off to america. He was warned twice to close the site by the FBI.

        Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 16:16.
  6. Sympozium
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Aw how mean, hope Motorola lose hate them.

    Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 12:18.
  7. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    iPhones & iPads are also banned.

    IP patent insider FossPatents should be most people’s default destination for in depth coverage of all the copyright & patent ‘wars’

    Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 12:19.
    • Forrest_01
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      Good lord, they really have run out of imagination for star wars sequels, haven’t they?

      Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 12:22.
    • MuggleMind
      Member
      Since: Aug 2008

      People should definitely look into things more, but FossPatents is run by someone that is a known Microsoft mouthpiece.His “expert” opinion is extremely lopsided usually.Don’t get me wrong, it’s rare for someone to be absolutely neutral with regard to these matters. However, he is so far up MS’s rear that when Steve Ballmer farts, it comes out of Florian Mueller’s butt!

      Some information mentioning his relationship with them (and now Oracle, as well) can be found here:
      http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20120419070127103#c967379

      Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 12:31.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        This. I stumbled across his facts (read: opinions) more than a few times.

        Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 12:56.
      • cc_star
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Forever

        Cheers, good to know the angle people are writing from… Have found his coverage of Apple vs Samsung & HTC generally excellent

        Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 13:02.
  8. KeRaSh
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Germany is the place to be as a consumer. First they banned the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, then HTC was asked to remove their smartphones from all store shelves, now this… This is just from the top of my head.

    Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 12:25.
    • jediryan123
      Member
      Since: Nov 2008

      And all the strict censorship laws to sweeten the deal.

      Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 12:47.
    • blarty
      Member
      Since: Apr 2011

      Surely this blanket banning of sales of products being so commonplace harms the consumer and consumer choice rather than helps them? Sure, as the exception, courts enforcing a patent dispute with this kind of resolution is a good thing for all concerned, but it seems to be turning into a frequent thing where Germany is involved.

      Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 12:48.
  9. stage1
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    This is pretty funny haha

    Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 13:25.
  10. Awayze
    Member
    Since: Jul 2010

    Why always in Germany and Australia? I never understood why American companies like to go for patent wars on those countries. Are they trying to send a message to other companies?

    Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 14:26.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      Imagine taking a competitor to court in the US or to a lesser extent the UK and actually losing.

      Also, victories could snowball, so winning in Germany could set a precedent around the whole of the EU

      Comment posted on 02/05/2012 at 14:41.

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