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Hyperlinks from CD to the web might be patent violations

CD-ROMSo you know how new computer hardware sometimes doesn't even come with a printed manual anymore, because the whole thing is on a CD, or even the web? Yeah, that last part's getting called into question.

Disc Link, a subsidiary of Acacia Technologies Group (an organization that basically buys up patents so that it can sue anyone who violates them), claims that it's patent number 6,314,574 covers hyperlinks from documents stored on a CD that send users to sites on the web.

Last week, Disc Link filed suit against Borland, Business Objects, Compuware, Corel, Eastman Kodak, Novell, Oracle, and SAP, claiming they all violate its patent.

[via Techdirt]

Tags: acacia, cd-rom, disc link, DiscLink, hyperlink, patent