Do what's right: AltaVista condemns BT patent claim

BT mauled by industry heavyweights over patent claim

British Telecommunications may believe it owns the rights to the hyperlink technology that connects billions of pages all across the Internet, but other Net heavyweights think it should be working for the Internet rather than trying to up its own profits.

In a harshly worded statement, Andy Mitchell, managing director of AltaVista UK and Ireland told ZDNet News: "BT should focus on innovation and creativity rather than [focusing on] profits over social responsibility. Such exploitation, if allowed, could result in thousands of lawsuits against the company for broken hyperlinks and other such claims. There are betters ways of seeking glory."

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BT's attempt to claim a patent on a hyperlink is just one of many bits of nostalgia which the corporation is trying to get credit for inventing. Guy Kewney is incredulous at the brass neck of BT. Go to AnchorDesk UK for the news comment.

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