Monday, January 04, 2016

Notes from EFF's "patent busting project", this one about subdomains

To start out the New Year in the trademark and patent area, I thought I would mention an old 1999 patent that Electronic Frontier Foundation says was busted, claimed by “Ideaflood”, story link here  characterized as a “crime against the public domain”.  The patent purportedly enabled the generation of subdomain lists with a wildcard character.  Characterized as a “crime against the public domain”

EFF says that the patent threatened smaller webhosts, like Free Home Page and T35.    This case may not seem so important to speakers who need the specialized services of higher-end or more expensive programs (like Bluehost for Wordpress).

EFF also says that the patent  could threaten group speech, as with Livejournal.

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