Another lawsuit involving Apple has been filed by ZapMedia, who claim that syncing media between the store, iTunes, and iPods violates two of their patents. It is important to note that ZapMedia only have two patents, so they’re suing for everything they have. Though, in the end, all they want is Apple’s sweet cash that they haven’t been getting any of.
ZapMedia’s original patent called for “System and method for distributing media assets to user devices via a portal synchronized by said user devices” as well as “System and method for distributing media assets to user devices and managing user rights of the media assets”. Although ZapMedia’s concept sounds like iTunes, it describes more of a basic, general DRM system rather than something complex like iTunes. Of course, ZapMedia never ended up making any products, but this fact may contribute to their case.