Thursday, August 17, 2006

Another Piracy Lawsuit

But this time, it's the peer-to-peer companies suing each other. Altnet, holders of the "TrueNames" patents (US patent nos. 5,978791, 6,415,280, and 6,928,442) which cover the use of hashes in peer-to-peer networks (don't ask me the technical details), has filed a patent infringement suit against StreamCast, makers of the Morpheus P2P client. An Altnet representative states, with no sense of irony since Altnet distributes licensed material over P2P networks primarily used for unlicensed material: "StreamCast's brazen patent piracy underpins its massive copyright infringement business. They are simply running out of opportunities to go legal."

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