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    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/20...s-xbox-360-ban

    "A judge has recommended that the Xbox 360 be banned in the US.
    Courthouse News reports that Judge David Shaw said the International Trade Commission should use a cease and desist order to ban imports of the Xbox 360 Slim 4GB and 250GB models into the US because, in his view, they infringe on four patents owned by Motorola.
    He also wants Microsoft to post a bond equal to seven per cent of the value of unsold Xbox 360s in the US.
    The patents at the heart of the dispute revolve around how the Xbox 360 decodes video content. Motorola claims ownership on the tech powering this.
    Reacting to this latest decision, Microsoft argued the ban would not serve the public interest because it would leave consumers with only two home console options: the PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo Wii. But the judge rejected the claim, saying it was more important to enforce intellectual property rights. Plus, he wasn't convinced Sony and Nintendo wouldn't be able to meet increased demand.
    Microsoft said the suggested seven per cent bond was unnecessary, and recommended it be reduced to 2.5 per cent. Motorola wants it increased to a whopping 100 per cent of the value of the unsold Xbox 360s.
    So what happens next in this long-running, complex patent dispute? If the ITC makes the judge's recommendation final, President Barack Obama will then have 60 days to review the decision. After that period expires, the next step is the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
    Earlier this month a US judge accused the warring factions of using the US District Court as "a pawn in a global, industry-wide business negotiation".
    Judge James Robart said both sides were clearly "driven by an attempt to secure commercial advantage". "To an outsider looking at it, it has been arbitrary, it has been arrogant and frankly it has been based on hubris," he said.
    A German court has already ruled in favour of Motorola, granting an injunction prohibiting sales of the console in the country. However, Robart issued a temporary restraining order preventing Motorola from enforcing that decision."

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    So, Motorola… where is your consumer set-top video decoding device?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zing View Post
    So, Motorola… where is your consumer set-top video decoding device?
    I don't know how relevant this is, but Motorola makes many set-top boxes for cable TV companies.

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    Does this mean that the xbox 360 will not be sold anymore?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hwj_Chim View Post
    Does this mean that the xbox 360 will not be sold anymore?
    We just have to hope that Obama likes Halo.

    If this goes through, the USA's population will decrease, and Canada's will rise. Microsoft would probably move too. It's too weird for a company having a product it has sold to millions banned in it's home country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hwj_Chim View Post
    Does this mean that the xbox 360 will not be sold anymore?
    Better question: how did Microsoft let it go this far?
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    Would this really be a big deal for Microsoft? This console is already almost 7 years old and most consoles are replaced after 5 years.

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    Isn't Motorola now owned by Google? The lawsuit clearly predates that, but still, what implications might the new ownership have? I haven't really kept up on that merger/buyout, but I heard something about it recently.

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    These things have a habit of being tied up in courts for years. By the time a final decision is made, the 360 will be irrelevant.

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    I'm going to get my 360 professionally graded and slabbed and put it on ebay it a week after the ban for eight thousand dollars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornelius View Post
    Isn't Motorola now owned by Google? The lawsuit clearly predates that, but still, what implications might the new ownership have? I haven't really kept up on that merger/buyout, but I heard something about it recently.

    No, Motorola Mobility, their cellular division is owned by Google. Not the entire company.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orion Pimpdaddy View Post
    These things have a habit of being tied up in courts for years. By the time a final decision is made, the 360 will be irrelevant.

    Word.

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    I recommend my fist caves that smug judge's face in

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    It's too early in the morning for stupidity like this.
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    Even if this doesn't remain tied up in the court system until the system is dead and buried, it's not going to affect any of us. It's in both of their best interest financial interest to settle and it's the opportunity to make or save a buck that has led them to the court system.

    So a settlement of some sort is a guarantee.

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    The judge says that he wants to block the import of Xbox 360 consoles. Would Microsoft be able to continue to make them locally?

    That might actually even be a good thing for the US economy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Griking View Post
    The judge says that he wants to block the import of Xbox 360 consoles. Would Microsoft be able to continue to make them locally?

    That might actually even be a good thing for the US economy.
    Good for the US economy?
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