Discovery Communications has filed a patent lawsuit against Amazon.com regarding Amazon's extremely popular Kindle e-book reader. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Delaware, accusing Amazon of violating a patent Discovery registered in November 2007.
"The Kindle and Kindle 2 are important and popular content delivery systems," Discovery Communications general counsel Joseph LaSala Jr. said in a statement. "We believe they infringe our intellectual property rights, and that we are entitled to fair compensation."
Discovery also said Amazon's infringement is "willful," and specified by saying the Discovery patent deals with the electronic book digital rights management. Discovery and its founder "were significant players in the development of digital content and delivery services in the 1990s," according to the company in a statement.
Rather than try and have Amazon stop selling the latest Kindle, Discovery is seeking monetary compensation for past infringement and royalty compensation "for any future infringement".
Sony has its own e-book reader, but it's unknown if Discovery will also launch legal action against Sony any time in the future.
Amazon recently launched the second edition of the Kindle e-book reader in February. The device has two gigabytes of internal memory, which can store up to 1,500 books -- an impressive upgrade from the 200 electronic books the original Kindle can hold.
It has been plagued by controversy from the launch, as several authors said the Kindle's new text-to-speech ability lets owners listen to the Kindle, but apparently royalties aren't paid to authors.