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Patent Name: System apparatus and method for hosting and assigning domain names on a wide area network. Patent Number: 6,687,746 Critical Date: August 6, 1999 Patent Description: This is a system for allowing users of a network to create and retrieve information from a personally-named subdomain, such as "action.eff.org."
Crimes Against the Public Domain
Ideaflood billed itself as "an intellectual property generation and holding company," with their entire business model built on bullying smaller companies into paying licensing fees for overbroad software patents
Threatened many small website hosting companies, such as Freehomepage.com and T35 webhosting (www.t35.com)
Threatened community site LiveJournal, whose 3 million users each have their own subdomain, and thus standing in the way of LJ users' ability to speak freely in groups
The patent has since been reassigned to a company called Hoshiko, LLC