Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Jun 2011 21:58 UTC
Legal Right, well, this is new. We know of countless copyright lawsuits being thrown about regarding BitTorrent - but what about a patent lawsuit? A company which, for now, has all the airs of a classic patent troll, has sued BitTorrent, Inc. and uTorrent, claiming the BitTorrent protocol violates some vague software patent. No connection to the mafia RIAA/MPAA/etc. has been found yet, but I won't be surprised.
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Obviously unrelated patent
by felipec on Mon 20th Jun 2011 02:33 UTC
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I quickly read the patent, and it's obviously unrelated.

The patent talks the whole time about media files, like video or audio, and concentrates on "adaptiveness", which again, only makes sense on media files. For example, if the user has a slow connection, the server adapts to that and sends a lower quality version of the clip.

That's not something BitTorrent does; the contents are never "adapted", and can be anything, not necessarily media files.

Moreover, that concept is well understood in multimedia as QoS (or Quality of Service), which is very well studied in much more detail than that patent, and I don't think there's any patent on that.

I say not only it's totally unrelated, but seems to be invalid, as there's nothing there, just a bunch of buzzwords. They probably hope that something sticks to the wall.

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