Patent lawsuit claims Britney Spears is too big

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Patent lawsuit claims Britney Spears is too big

Fri Nov 13, 2009 @ 12:34PM PST

By Eriq Gardner

1416011404_5ea88b1a91 Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, The Pussycat Dolls and the Los Angeles Lakers are such big stars that a company has come to cut down their larger-than-life images.

Texas-based Large Audience Display Systems has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the above-mentioned stars alleging they failed to obtain a license for use of its patented stadium jumbo-screens.

According to the company's website, LADS has pathbreaking technology that gives large stadium screens the "capability of expanding viewing-audience—with commensurate increased-awareness—by up to tenfold."

We have no idea what that means (even after watching the demonstration), but we're sure bigger is better. Even for Britney.

This pixelated lawsuit was filed in Texas district court. The plaintiff is requesting unspecified royalties. Here's the complaint.

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