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LinuxMall.com: British Telecom Sues Everybody

Jun 26, 2000, 18:45 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Head)

[ Thanks to Greta Durr/LinuxMall.com for this link. ]

"Under the terms of a lawsuit reportedly filed by British Telecommunications (BT), you have just read a patent infringement--otherwise known as a hyperlink."

"According to U.S. patent number 4,873,662 (Oops. That's another one, isn't it?), called "Information handling system and terminal apparatus therefor," filed August 15, 1980 and granted nine years later, the hyperlink may be the intellectual property of BT."

"As the sole owners of this bit of technology, the company has decided to sue all Internet service providers (ISPs) in the U.S. for patent infringement. According to an article in The Register (This is shameless!), the patent was submitted "following work on text-based online information systems [called] Viewdata and Prestel by the General Post Office (GPO) before it was split into the Post Office and BT."

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