[p2p-hackers] Altnet goes after p2p networks with obvious patent

Sean C. Rhea srhea at cs.berkeley.edu
Tue Jan 11 23:29:29 UTC 2005

On Jan 11, 2005, at 12:20 PM, Greg Bildson wrote:
> Any information about these and prior art would be greatly appreciated.

"The HTTP Distribution and Replication Protocol" uses what it calls 
"Content Indentifers" to name data; they're MD5 hashes over the 
documents' contents.  It's a W3C document from August 1997, two months 
before the first of the two Altnet patents was filed:


It also uses the term "Content Based Addressing", which also sounds 
like prior art to me.  And you can't argue that it wasn't "known", 
being a W3C technical report.

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