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BitTorrent Inc., the makers of uTorrent and the BitTorrent Mainline client, have been sued for infringement of a file-sharing related patent. According to the complaint, the BitTorrent clients infringe on the rights of San Francisco-based company Tranz-Send Broadcasting Network. The company demands compensation and if the court agrees, this case could have a disastrous impact on the BitTorrent landscape.

Although it’s not easy for an outsider to assess whether the case holds water or whether it’s classic patent trolling, the fall-out could spread far and wide.
http://torrentfreak.com/utorrent-bit...gement-110619/

Note, this has nothing to do with copyright infringement. Keep that discussion out of this thread, or it will be closed.

Also the patent description appears to be nothing similar to the bittorrent protocol. This seems like a patent troll to me.
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Link please.
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Edit: Nvm

Said it was a repost but meant double
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Never thought this would be the type of patent infringement they would get. Honestly I don't see them losing this based on your comment and the fact that Tranz-Send seems to have waited for bit and u torrent to be worth lots of money before they started this showing that they only want money. So they're probably stretching for a lawsuit hoping from some money from a settlement....everyone now a days would rather win a lawsuit to get rich then to actually work for it.
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Whoops, somehow it double posted. I added it after a preview but now 2 threads are present. Please close this one.
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This is just an attempt to kill uTorrent.
    
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Never thought this would be the type of patent infringement they would get. Honestly I don't see them losing this based on your comment and the fact that Tranz-Send seems to have waited for bit and u torrent to be worth lots of money before they started this showing that they only want money. So they're probably stretching for a lawsuit hoping from some money from a settlement....everyone now a days would rather win a lawsuit to get rich then to actually work for it.
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Not good... high chance of this going through due to the nature of the programs. They'll likely just side with the "good" guys.

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Originally Posted by bbaseballboy1234 View Post
This is just an attempt to kill uTorrent.
Yup.
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Isn't this patent infringement trolling in the USA getting a little out of control ? Every week there at least a case against a major company...
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Isn't this patent infringement trolling in the USA getting a little out of control ? Every week there at least a case against a major company...
^^ This (going to avoid the political rant)
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