It's not exactly one of the usual suspects you'd expect to see taking umbrage with the Kindle, but it looks cable programming empire Discovery Communications has some issues of its own with the handheld, and it's now taking its complaints to court. Apparently, Discovery thinks that the Kindle infringes on one of its patents that covers the "secure, encrypted system for the selection, transmission, and sale of electronic books," which it received on November 20th, 2007 -- coincidentally just a day after the first Kindle launched on November 19th, 2007. As a result, Discovery is seeking some "fair compensation" from Amazon, although it isn't completely harsh on the Kindle and Kindle 2, saying that they are "important and popular content delivery systems." For its part, Amazon is unsurprisingly staying mum on the matter, and the lawsuit is now in the hands of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.

[Via Broadcasting & Cable]

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Discovery sues Amazon over Kindle, rushes reality show into production to cover trial