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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > BitTorrent Inc. Stuck In Infringement Lawsuit

BitTorrent Inc. Stuck In Infringement Lawsuit

BitTorrent Inc. Stuck In Infringement Lawsuit

Added: Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
If you are one of those Internet users who compose a file-sharing scene, you may be witnessing now one of the most important names of this scene becomes a target in the patent infringement case.


The name of BitTorrent Inc. relates to the most appreciated peer-to-peer application in the world – uTorrent and the BitTorrent Mainline. This week the well-known company was sued by a San Francisco-based firm named Tranz-Send Broadcasting Network. The same firm has also sued Kontiki Inc. on the same grounds as BitTorrent Inc.

However, the current case seems a bit different from what the Internet community usually sees when copyright violation and illegal file-sharing are put in the same case. The complaint filed by Tranz-Send Broadcasting Network states that BitTorrent Inc. has infringed on their patent. The patent in question was originally filed 12 years ago and is titled “Media file distribution with adaptive transmission protocols”.

According to the reports, this patent was granted in November 2007. “Media file distribution with adaptive transmission protocols” explains how a file-sharing system works, including the description of a transfer client, a file database, and a distribution server.

Now the San Francisco-based company is seeking considerable damage compensation, claiming that by making, operating, using and selling the P2P clients like uTorrent and BitTorrent Mainline, as well as its other software, BitTorrent Inc. has infringed their patent. Moreover, the company is accused of continuing to violate, contributing to the violation, and inducing the violation of “at least claim 1 of the ’944 patent.”

At the moment, the P2P community can hold its breath before the District Court Judge assesses the validity of the filed complaint.

June 29th,2011

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Date:  Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-06-29 22:57:12)
Unsub avatarDoes Tranz-Send Broadcasting Network actually have a product/application that they have produced/designed or do they just have a patent that is a vaguely worded description of something that may or may not resemble utorrent? Sounds like BitTorrent did all the work and now Tranz-Send Broadcasting Network wants to take credit.

posted by ET lover (2011-06-30 02:34:02)
SyKoTiK avatarJust wondering why, if the patent was filed 12 years ago but not granted until 2007 (4 years ago), and the BitTorrent protocol was first implemented in 2001 (though not necessarily patented), how would Tranz-Send have any claim to say that BitTorrent, Inc. is infringing on any patent for an adaptive protocol that "they" created? If anything I would think that BitTorrent, Inc. could sue the hell out of Tranz-Send for trying to patent an open-source protocol and violating the copyright laws by trying to profit from the use of "their" protocol.

posted by (2011-06-30 03:25:23)
DEMONLORD avatarthat comany is a bunch of idiots and will never win. mor-ons

posted by Blocked (2011-07-01 05:24:38)
4uckAuthority avatar@SyKoTiK..i agree. is it even possible to sue over that? that doesn't make any kind of sense. it's like one AV suing another AV or one OS suing another OS.

posted by Blocked (2011-07-01 13:19:18)
menahunie avatarThey are what is called Patent squatters. file paper and don't have a real product until some one comes along with one then pop out like a spider with a law suit.
So they filed 12 years ago 1999 and the patent wasn't granted until 2007, 8 YEARS LATER Why? Patents only last 17 years.
Inquiring minds want to know?
If they can't prove a valid reason for not doing anything their patent can be voided..
why just this company only? There are allot of clients - bit torrent out there in the last 12 years and nothing from these trolls until now..
Napster to name just one that came out years ago. Lime wire, eDonkey, Share Bear, VUZE, etc....

posted by Blocked (2011-07-03 14:35:06)
No avatarSome things such as file transfer protocols should NOT be subject to any patents as being repressive and denying millions of people free and proper access to the Internet and all it's available services. On this basis I hope the lawsuit is thrown out where it deserves, into the jungle!

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