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NewsForge: Petition: Stop BT's hyperlink patent claim

Dec 19, 2000, 20:47 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Gross)

"A longtime Linux user hopes a petition will convince British Telecom to back off its claim of having a patent on hyperlinks."

"Rick Collette, a Unix system administrator and Webmaster of the Linux community site deepLinux.com organized the petition Friday, after hearing that British Telecom was suing Internet service provider Prodigy on BT's claims that it should be compensated for the use of hyperlinks."

"Just think of the impact it could have on anybody's day-to-day life," Collette says of BT's claim. "I don't know if anybody can grasp how big this is. This could affect the way we do business -- this could affect everybody."

"Collette says he's not sure what he hopes the petition will accomplish, short of the unlikely event that BT will back down from its claims. He plans to give the petition to Prodigy, as a show of support, and he plans to distribute it to as many media organizations that will listen -- "online, offline, it doesn't matter, just anybody and everybody."

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