Brains behind Kazaa and Morpheus unleash patent storm
Personalweb nastygram has Github, Apple, Rackspace and others in the cross-hairs
Level3 has joined with Personalweb Technologies to lay complaints against another lengthy list of Internet companies.
The defendant list can be seen at the Texas Lawyer blog, and includes Yahoo!, Rackspace, Nexsan Technologies, Apple, IBM, Facebook, and Microsoft.
Personalweb, the brainchild of Kazaa’s Kevin Bermeister and Morpheus founder Michael Weiss, has assembled a patent portfolio that covers data deduplication, data search using identifiers within the data, data distribution and access, access control, content-based file systems, and license enforcement.
The complaint (PDF here) against Rackspace says both its own cloud hosting service, and its hosting of Github, infringe the thirteen patents covered in the lawsuit.
Level3’s involvement in the case comes about as half-owner of the patents in question, which Personalweb acquired from Kinetech and Digital Island. ®
I do not have the stomach right now even to read the patents. Their titles alone make me want to throw up.
I concluded long ago that no competent programmer could work for as much as a day without inadvertently infringing one or more patents.
One of the patent was splitting data based on a delimited in the data. Even a useless programmer can't go twenty minutes without braking that one.
Really if you look at it all language breaks that patent. Spoken words have a pause between words. The conversation is the data and the pause is the delimited. Written words use space and new line.
It certainly seems a bit rich
for the makers of Kazaa and Morpheus to be complaining about violations of their intellectual property, considering the reasons those programs became widely used in the first place.
Not only greedy, but hypocritical to boot. Fucking oxygen thieves, the lot of them.