Xbox 360 Now Banned In Germany

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.



  1. 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.

  2. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

  3. 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…

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

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

    • 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?

      • 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

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

      • 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.

  6. Aw how mean, hope Motorola lose hate them.

  7. 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’

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

    • 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:

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

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

  8. 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.

    • And all the strict censorship laws to sweeten the deal.

    • 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.

  9. This is pretty funny haha

  10. 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?

    • 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

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