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Lawsuit filed against MMO publishers

It seems that lawsuits are the new thing for the gaming industry.

The Boston Globe is reporting that Paltalk Holdings Inc. has filed patent infringement lawsuits against Turbine, Sony Corp., Activision Blizzard inc., Jagex, and NCsoft.

Paltalk purchased two patents from a company known as HearMe that covered technology that allows data sharing between many computers, allowing the users to all see the same digital images. Paltalk Holdings Inc. alleges that the virtual worlds created by these companies infringes on that patent. Paltalk has already taken Microsoft to court and that ended with Microsoft deciding to settle for an undisclosed amount of money to license the rights.

If Paltalk is successful in his suit, this could create a new hurdle for MMOG and online game developers. Along with that there is the potential for anyone with a current MMOG or online game to be infringing on the patent.

Westwood’s Turbine Inc. named in patent infringement lawsuit - The Boston Globe

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This is ridiculous. The internet is mainly used for data-transfer, and the transfer of the same material for many computers to access. Paltech is just being greedy, and the fact that Microsoft has given them money seems to prove my assumption; take on a large corporation in hopes they don't want to follow through with the lawsuit, take some money and try it on other companies.


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pretty soon they'll sue everyone who's even have internet access.
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HearMe's patents cover work stripped from BLOOD by ID Software that ID decided not to continue to develop as an unmarketable feature (John Romero quote: "We can't make any money charging monthly for an online game when everyone else is charging a per unit price!") HearMe filed for patents sometime after 1997, with PalTalks subsequent purchase after that.

Developers who left ID as a result of this decision continued developing the process privately and released white papers under GNU license in 1992. Several Korean MMOs have been developed from these ideas. If Turbine and Blizzard can show they developed their MMOs from these white papers, or ignorant of these white papers existence, they stand a good chance of winning against PalTalk.


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This is ridiculous. The internet is mainly used for data-transfer, and the transfer of the same material for many computers to access. Paltech is just being greedy, and the fact that Microsoft has given them money seems to prove my assumption; take on a large corporation in hopes they don't want to follow through with the lawsuit, take some money and try it on other companies.
I completely agree. It's really too bad that Microsoft didn't fight it. This really reminds me of how the RIAA and Viacom tend to operate.


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