Red Goes After Sony

18 Feb

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Red Digital Cinema has sued Sony for patent infringement claiming that Sony’s latest video cameras, F65, F55, and the F5, use Red’s patented technology without proper licensing.  Read more below on the suit and Red founder Jim Jannard’s post on

Red’s lawsuit demands that Sony destroy all F65, F55 and F5 cameras by issuing a cease and desist order. In suing Sony, RED claims loss of sales, reduced business and profit, and that the general reputation of RED has been damaged as a result of the alleged patent infringements.

The three patents included in the RED Vs Sony Civil Case are 8,174,560: “Video camera” 8,358,357: “Video camera” and 8,175,560: “Method and system for tuning an antenna.”

Jim Jannard, founder of Red posted on Feb 14, 2013 on explaining to Red owners why Red started the lawsuit against Sony:

“Sony stepped up and finally supported 4K from cameras to displays. That is helping to cement 4K as the real cinema standard. Good. We actually have a Sony 4K 84″ display and Sony 4K projector at RSH for reference.

We are heavily invested in concepts, inventions, designs, development and manufacturing of RED cameras, REDRAY and the RED Projector. Each is unique and has motivated the industry to get better, for the benefit of all. We don’t mind others joining the 4K revolution… quite the contrary, we embrace it. What we don’t accept is others just borrowing our technology, intentionally or unintentionally. We admire invention and happily pay for and license great technology from other companies when it is useful to our program.

We have created many jobs in the US leveraging our vision and technology and we will aggressively protect our employees. Every single job matters. It is a magic trick to build a camera in the US, especially at the highest level. This cannot be done if others are allowed to just take what we have done and use our work as their own.

Our customers have invested in our technology. They need to be protected and their investment needs to be protected. We have an obligation to our customers so they will not have their investment diluted by a proliferation of the proprietary technology they invested in.

We don’t mean to be heavy handed. We saw 4K as the future standard in 2005. We have endured comments that “RED was a scam”. “1080P was good enough.” “What does a sunglass guy know about cameras?”… as well as others I would never publish.

Patents are here for a reason. They protect IP. Receiving a patent now means that you have an obligation to protect it… or they have absolutely no value whatsoever.

We are anxious to resolve this and have everyone move along. But in the end… our ideas, employees and customers matter. We will tenaciously protect all of them”.

Red pioneered the revolution of digital cinematic filmmaking when the company released the Red One camera in 2007. The Red One was the first digital cinematic camera in history that could shoot raw footage at 4K resolution which was comparable to the resolution quality of traditional 35 mm film used in big budget movies.

Red’s technology give independent filmmakers the ability to shoot digitally with cinematic film quality and  allowed them to own a digital cinematic camera for a fraction of the cost of owning or even renting a 35 mm film camera.  Since the Red One’s release, hundreds of movies have been “shot on Red.”

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