In a move that could have a lifetime of litigation for BitTorrent, San Franciso-based company Tranz-Send Broadcasting Network has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against both BitTorrent and uTorrent. They claim that they filed a patent for “Media file distribution with adaptive transmission protocols” waaay back in 1999, and that BitTorrent has built its file-sharing system on top of technology that Tranz-Send Broadcasting Network owns the patent on. The news came to us via TorrentFreak.
This could have a major impact on the entire torrent community that uses either BitTorrent or uTorrent. Remember what happened to LimeWire during its lawsuit? The judge ordered the whole service to be shut down until a judgement could be made about the legality of the service. A shut down of BitTorrent would certainly stop a lot of file-sharing in its *tracks*. According to TorrentFreak, both BitTorrent and uTorrent together claim 100 million users worldwide.
“By making, operating, using and/or selling [uTorrent and BitTorrent Mainline] and or other software, BitTorrent has infringed and continues to infringe, contribute to the infringement, or induce the infringement of at least claim 1 of the ’944 patent,” states the complaint filed against BitTorrent.
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