ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Xbox 360 Subject to Sales Ban

Updated on May 24, 2012

The Xbox 360 was released way back in November 2005, but now, after six and a half years of being on the shelves it faces a sales ban. The console may have survived being plagued by the RROD hardware failure in its early days, but now it may be brought down by the law.

Motorola claim that Microsoft has violated a number of their patents by using WIFI and video decoders in the 360 without permission. The console has already been banned in Germany where Judges ruled in favour of Motorola. This happened at the very beginning of May and I am surprised at how quietly the news has been reported.

The focus of the sales ban is now in the USA where Judge David Shaw has also supported Motorola. As a result of his ruling, the case is being taken to the International Trade Commission, and if they also support Motorola’s claim, then the White House will have the final say on the matter. The case will not be heard by the International Trade Commission until August, so the next few months could be very worrisome for Microsoft.

If a sales ban is carried out in the USA as well as in Germany, then it is probable that we can expect bans in other countries to follow. The Xbox 360’s life cycle is drawing to a close with the release of the Xbox 720, but this could result in a very ignoble end for the console.

While I agree that Microsoft’s patent infringement is wrong, I think that sales bans are not the right way to address the issue. Surely a monetary fine should suffice? In the current economic climate where video games are one of the few areas that continue to see success, removing a major console can only be detrimental to the economy. According to Judge David Shaw though, “Enforcing intellectual property rights outweighs any potential economic impact on video game console buyers”.

I’m hoping for a happy end for this case, what do you all think?

Should the Xbox 360 face a sales ban?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • ib radmasters profile image

      ib radmasters 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      SimeyC

      The Google purchase of Motorola sounds like its way of getting back at Microsoft.

      I also agree with you on the patents. Patent law needs to be more restrictive in giving patents. The patent office is too liberal in considering what is unique, and new.

      Putting a new dress on Barbie is not a unique or new, yet under tha current patent laws it could probably be issued a patent.

      The lifetime of a patent is far too long for technological devices and products. These patents should be for three to five years.

    • profile image

      Ghostwolfe 

      6 years ago

      Yeah makes a little sense as to why Motorola would go after microsoft after all these years. Google and Bing are in big competition with each other on the search engine side of things. This could turn out to be pretty ugly in the end.

    • SimeyC profile image

      Simon Cook 

      6 years ago from NJ, USA

      The other interesting thing is that Google just bought Motorola...

    • profile image

      Ghostwolfe 

      6 years ago

      Funny thing is you don't hear of how Microsoft is going after Sony for using Windows OS on their PSN servers. Everyone wants to get something, the thing is most of these companies that are going after Microsoft are doing so even after they have all used some soft of the WINDOWS os in their phones and or in their other devices. Wouldn't it be a shame if the 360 got a sales ban and Microsoft pulled the plug on Motorola using WINDOWS OS for any of their devices? What would motorola do then?

      Though as Simey said this is not a big issue but on the side of Motorola it could prove bad even if MS settles with a payment I think more is going to come on the end of Motorola getting the plug pulled on their use of Microsoft programs.

      Good Hub, heard about this on Twitter this morning.

    • SimeyC profile image

      Simon Cook 

      6 years ago from NJ, USA

      The problem I see is that patent law is stifling innovation. Microsoft, who essentially started all this when they licensed the OS are being caught just like many companies are. They all seem to steal from each other! You think they could all come to some sharing agreement that benefits all hardware companies and ultimately will benefit the consumer.

      I don't foresee this being a big issue - I'm sure that Microsoft already have a solution should they have to 'obey' the law, even if it's a simple settlement payment.....

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)