Wednesday May 27

Xbox 360 and Windows 7 Banned in Germany!


German gamers looking to pick up an Xbox 360 will be sorely disappointed when they find out that the console has been banned. A court ruling has prevented Microsoft from importing the Xbox 360, Windows 7 software, Internet Explorer and Windows Media player into Germany because of a injunction filed by Motorola Mobility.

The court ruling found Microsoft in violation of two patents involving H.264 video coding and playback. Motorola is also seeking similar action in the United States but courts have currently prevented the company from taking any action until next week.

Following the German ruling, Mortorola stated "We are pleased that the Mannheim Court found that Microsoft products infringe Motorola Mobility's intellectual property. As a path forward, we remain open to resolving this matter. Fair compensation is all that we have been seeking for our intellectual property"

Microsoft doesn't plan to let the German ruling slow down their plans of console domination, they plan to appeal the ruling. "This is one step in a long process, and we are confident that Motorola will eventually be held to its promise to make its standard essential patents available on fair and reasonable terms for the benefit of consumers who enjoy video on the web," a Microsoft spokesman said. "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."


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