Sony gets sued again (and again, and again)

Poor Sony. They can’t seem to go a week these days without some form of massive litigation against them. The Sony “lawsuit of the hour” comes to us courtesy of Canadian company Certicom. The Canuck corporation is alleging that Sony’s AACS encryption process infringes on Certicom’s patented elliptical curve cryptography (ECC). I will confess to have no idea what the heck that means. What I do know, however, is that if successful this suit will require Sony to pay a commission to Certicom for every Blu-ray equipped device that they sell. Price increases like this usually get passed on to the consumer, but could the public really stomach a PS3 price increase? Nope. It would be the system’s swan song. Hopefully this amounts to nothing more than legal gobbledygoop, but with poor old Sony, you never do know.


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