File-Sharing Networks May Battle Each Other

from the a-music-industry-dream dept

Because they're such big supporters of intellectual property (yes, there's some sarcasm here), Brilliant Digital, the folks behind Altnet - and possibly behind Kazaa as well, have announced that they're going to go after every other file sharing network they can find for patent infringement. The company claims they own a patent on using a hash to identify files. Of course, this comes right after the company announced they're basically out of money.

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    The Pyro Beastial Necrofeliac, 6 Jun 2003 @ 9:17pm

    No Subject Given

    Oh yeah.
    Well I own the patent on file transfer. Everyone who has ever turned on a computer and moved a file from one computer to another is in violation. I plan on suing the world! Wooo hahahaha.

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Jun 2003 @ 7:04am

    patently obvious

    Isn't the idea of using a one-way hash to identity fall under the catagory of "obvious"?

    I thought patents had to be non-obvious, unique inventions.

    Whoever gave them that patent needs to be lined up against the wall and shot.

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      The Pyro Beastial Necrofeliac, 7 Jun 2003 @ 9:06pm

      Re: patently obvious

      Well yes, but then they couldn't approve as many patents if they did it that way. I think the rational with the current regime is approve as much as possible, and let the courts sort it out. Unfortunately, the courts don't really care either. At some point, this is going to get real sticky if people don't start doing their jobs.

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