We’ve been sued.
BT, Prodigy U.S. hyperlink patent trial date set: BT owns what it calls the Hidden Page patent, which was filed in the U.S. in 1976, granted in 1989 and isn’t due to expire until 2006, giving the company the intellectual property rights to hyperlink technology. Hyperlinks connect text, images, and other data on the Internet in such a way as to allow a user to click on a highlighted object on a Web page in order to bring up an associated item contained elsewhere on the Web.
As far as I can tell, this patent applies just as well to symbolic links in the UNIX filesystem, Mac OS aliases, Windows shortcuts, anything written in Hypercard, anything with a GUI, menu-driven programs (smit, for example), an index, a b-tree, a detour sign, a table of contents in a printed book — or even a Socratic dialogue, which reveals the argument through questions.
To patent this is absurd.
Group sues Pacific Bell over Net service – CNET.com “‘In fact, most consumers had not authorized or consented for Prodigy to bill them for such services,’ the lawsuit alleges, asking the judge to order SBC to cease the practice and refund consumer money.”
I have the Last Mile Problem, or, rather, the last 1500 feet problem.
It remains possible that the status quo ante bellum will continue after the migrations. But perhaps Chicken Little was right.
Later, c|net got around to analyzing the announcement. I wonder what perspective Yahoo and SBC staff have on this.
I found a blogger from SBC, and one, two from Yahoo!
Yeee-haaww!, or as they say “Yahoo!”
OK. So OEMs can bundle AOL now. Fat lot of good that will do. Looks like Illegal Monopolist Microsoft got away with both prizes.
It’s interesting the things you find out just by reading the news.
Get your TiVo while it’s hot. Those crazy TV networks are getting confused about fair use again.
In 1996, I taught a class for Associated Press on using Windows 95. Some class members thought that Microsoft was the Internet. There was no distinction between Windows 95, Internet Explorer, MSN, and the other websites. It was all Microsoft.
“How can I access the Microsoft?”
This just solidifies that. Go Microsoft yourself.
Guess the cost of those Windows licenses started getting to them. 🙂
What happens when a centralized system goes “poof”?
Despite everything, some folks just don’t understand hyperlinks. You would think that the e-mail announcing this article would have contained the URL.
But I can see why it didn’t. The headline linking the story is not the same as the headline on the story. The article is not mentioned in the links for the print version, or for the section in which it appeared in the print version, though if I had the print version in front of me I may have jumped directly to the “Tech” section. And a search for terms known to be in the article didn’t find anything recent.