User Manuals/Documentation Needed for Lawsuit Challenging Broadcasters'
Use of Hard Drives to Store and Broadcast Music
A legal battle
has been brewing between radio broadcasters and a company named
Mission Abstract Data LLC, (doing business as DigiMedia). DigiMedia
claims to have patents on a method and system for operating radio
stations using a computer hard drive with a digital database of
stored music that is programmed, played and broadcast. Radio broadcasters
have already responded strongly to this challenge, saying that
they have been playing music at stations from a hard drive since
the early 1990s. Specifically, they note that SmartsBroadcasting
("SmartCaster"), Arrakis ("DigiLink"), MediaTouch
("MediaDisk"), RCS ("Master Control"), Enco
("DAD"), Digital Universe, DCS, Audisk, and a few others
had such systems in place by 1992.
broadcasters were using such a system prior to DigiMedia's claim,
attorneys representing broadcasters are trying to track down User
Manuals or other documentation about such systems that pre-date
the DigiMedia's filing date (its patent was filed on January 25,
1994). Some such materials already have been collected, but radio
station operators are requested to check their file cabinets,
bookshelves, libraries, etc., to see if any more of these old
user manuals can be located. Materials from early 1993 or before
would be the most helpful. If you do have any of these old materials,
or have any further questions, please contact William Bradley
at (202) 659-9076, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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