Microsoft sued over memory unit ban

November 24, 2009 by Ivan Cronyn  

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The most recent Xbox 360 title update did more than just give us Twitter and Facebook, it seems it blocked third-party 360 memory units as well. Now Datel, one of the manufacturers of said memory units, is suing.

“The dashboard update is intended to, and does in fact, disable Datel’s memory cards,” said the company in the lawsuit, filed in US District Court for the Northern District of California.

“On information and belief, Microsoft’s purpose in disabling Datel’s memory cards is to prevent consumers from choosing a Datel product that offers far better value for the price. There is no benefit to consumers from Microsoft’s decision to target and disable Datel memory cards. To the contrary, Microsoft’s actions will leave approximately 50,000 consumers with useless memory cards (and without the ability to access their data on the cards), forestall innovation, and deprive future consumers of the benefits of competition.”

Details of the full suit are available online.

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