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Subject:  Concern for website operators Date:  12/12/2002  5:57 PM
Author:  ShelbyBoy Number:  7165 of 15031

When I first heard about this, I brushed it aside. But I keep reading more and more about it including first-hand accounts by "victims."

It seems there is a company that has some patents and they claim anyone selling via a website without a license from them is infringing on their patents.

Apparently the company is selectively and systematically finding websites and suing the owners. Once sued, the website operator has to decide between an expensive legal battle or a settlement. A number of website operators have settled and purchased a license from the company after deciding that was much less expensive than fighting.

The MO seems to be to sue a number of small website operators and use the precedent to go after some of the "big boys" of the Internet.

I also understand this company is or has filed for the same patents in other countries, so it won't be just U.S. website operators that may be impacted.

Like I said above, I first thought this was a hoax or something that would only affect other people, but based on what I have read so far, it seems to present a real threat to small website operators.

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