In brief: PacketVideo sues newcomer Spotify

San Francisco – Digital music service Spotify, which recently arrived in the U.S., has been sued by music and video streaming software maker PacketVideo for allegedly violating a patent it holds for digital music distribution.

In court documents filed last week in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California, PacketVideo said it believes Spotify’s free and paid music-streaming service violates its patent for a “device for the distribution of music in digital form.”

Spotify offers free and paid digital music services in the U.K. and several European countries, and it launched stateside in July. It gives users free online access to more than 15 million songs. While that service is supported by audio and banner ads, Spotify tries to get users to trade up to paid alternatives – a $5-per-month computer-only version that is free of ads, or a $10-per-month version that can be used on mobile devices including iPhones and Android-powered devices.

Biplane replica crashes, killing two

Springfield, Ohio – A newly produced model of a Wright Brothers biplane crashed Saturday in the midst of its flight testing in rural Ohio, killing the two volunteer pilots aboard.

Both pilots had extensive experience flying the biplane, built by a company that uses the planes to promote public awareness of Dayton as the birthplace of aviation.

The pilots, Mitchell Cary and Don Gum, observed the highest standards of safety and made enormous contributions to the organization and the aviation heritage community, Phil Beaudoin, president of Wright “B” Flyer Inc., said in a statement Saturday.

The plane, dubbed “Silver Bird,” was built to modern standards and approved for its test flight program by the Federal Aviation Administration, Beaudoin said.

The plane was the third produced by the company based at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport near Dayton, and had completed about 25 hours of its mandatory 40 hours of flight testing, Beaudoin said.

Father sleeps while boy, 8, drives truck

Baton Rouge, La. – An 8-year-old boy was driving a pickup truck down an interstate Saturday while his drunken father slept in the passenger seat, Louisiana state police said.

Troopers said the man’s 4-year-old daughter was in the back seat when the truck was stopped Saturday morning in Livingston Parish. The child’s driving was so erratic that it alarmed motorists, who called authorities.

The children were handed over to Louisiana Child Protective Services.

The father, 28-year-old Billy Joe Madden of Hattiesburg, Miss., was booked into the Livingston Parish Jail on charges including child desertion and allowing a minor to drive.

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