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>> No. 23381 Anonymous
27th November 2014
Thursday 8:47 am
23381 Openreach Loses Court Case on DLM Patent Infringement for ADSL Networks
http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/6726-assia-court-case-forces-openreach-to-turn-off-dlm.html

For a good while it won't mean anything, although some people are reporting stuck IP profiles already and there's a good chance connections will falter over time.
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>> No. 23382 Anonymous
27th November 2014
Thursday 12:20 pm
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So, basically, company holds BT to ransom and fails to get the sale it hoped for. How did they not know that BT were the corporate equivalent of North Korea in having a reputation so tarnished it can't be degraded any further?
>> No. 23383 Anonymous
27th November 2014
Thursday 4:23 pm
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I don't know what any of this means. Can someone explain it to me as if I were from the 1500s?
>> No. 23384 Anonymous
27th November 2014
Thursday 6:29 pm
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BT has made a statement now, that the effect is negligible.

>Update 27th November 2014: We have received a statement from BT which is reproduced in full below, and tells a slightly different story to the ASSIA release.

>"BT has been defending a claim brought by ASSIA since November 2011. They had asserted three patents against BT but during the proceedings, they had to narrow their allegations and withdraw one of these patents entirely.
>In January 2014, the High Court found BT was infringing on only a minor part of one patent, and the Court of Appeal, whilst invalidating the majority of the claims of ASSIA's other patent, ruled that BT's network infringes what remains of the other patent.
>Although BT was disappointed with the ruling, we have made minor changes to our programming which means these two decisions have no material effect on the operation or performance of our networks."

So it seems that ASSIA has pretty much spent millions in legal fees over the years, over what boils down to just a few insignificant lines of code.
>> No. 23385 Anonymous
27th November 2014
Thursday 6:30 pm
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So tl;dr software patents suck donkey balls?

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