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Spotify faces lawsuit over music streaming technology

Spotify is being sued in the US and Europe for allegedly violating patents held by PacketVideo, according to the BBC.

The lawsuit claims that Spotify has infringed two PacketViideo patents that cover methods of streaming music over data networks.

Given that Spotify only launched in the US two weeks ago, the legal action against it will come as an unwelcome distraction.

Spotify UK says it will "strongly contest" the PacketVideo claims.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.