Alright - I've been waiting for BT to go after someone for this! Why? Lets see... one, it was a fairly stupid patent in the first place. Two, they owned the patent, but, failed to enfore the patent for HOW many years, which is pretty much just fishing for money - wait for the tech to take off and everyone to begin using it, THEN go after everyone.
But number three is the fun one... Prior Art. Yep, it was done before then. I REALLY wish I had the article from /. on the subject handy. But, basically, there's already someone that had 8 - 10 years of a head start on the patent. However, I'm sure BT thought of this, and has scrutinized it closely before proceeding - but it sure looks like shaky ground to me.
Someone pop some popcorn, I'll bring some chips, and we'll kick back and watch the fur fly!
Davis Ray Sickmon, Jr
Owner / President
MidnightRyder.Com - game developer, among other things