The latest on the DigiMedia patent lawsuit we recently wrote about, where the corporate owners of numerous groups, including Beasley Broadcasting, CBS Radio, Cox Radio, Cumulus, Entercom, Greater Media and Townsquare Media (a total of 900 stations) were sued for infringing on two patents by employing “all-digital, computer-hard-drive-based systems for music storage and delivery”: The defendants have been granted an extension until 5/2 to reply to the suit. Also, one of the “Entercom entities” has been dismissed as a defendant via a motion filed by DigiMedia. We’ve heard that entity was dismissed only because it doesn’t actually exist. The other Entercom divisions and entities remain.
RBR-TVBR observation: While no one is commenting on pending legal matters, we still think there isn’t much traction with this suit—even though it names a good chunk of the radio groups out there. Robert J. Goldman, who filed the patent claimed to have come up with the idea in 1994. At that time, there were already similar systems in use by radio.