USA Networks Sued for Anti-Trust Behaviour
Published on: 3rd Apr 2011
Note -- this news article is more than a year old.
After having a previous lawsuit thrown out of court, Max Davis has returned to the legal system to try and claim that the US mobile networks are guilty of anti trust violations over how they manage the Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS).
According to a statement, plaintiff Max Davis believes the defendants are trying to take control of "new age multimedia distribution" and profit taking in a way that is vastly unfair to creators, artists and rights holders.
He has named AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and TracFone in the lawsuit.
Most of the charges if proven are violations of Title 15 Section 1 also known as the Sherman Act. The remaining charges have to do with Federal Trade Commission and State of California violations of unfair business practices along with violations of the Standards Development Organizational Act of 2004 (SDOAA).
Max Davis has tried to sue the mobile networks over how they manage MMS services in the past, alleging that they were a de-facto Peer-to-Peer network due to the ability for the messages to be forwarded to other users. Of course, peer-to-peer networks are not themselves illegal, and MMS already includes support for DRM if content owners want to prevent messages being forwarded to other recipients.