[FoRK] PersonalWeb patents "unique" hashes of content

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Tue Sep 18 18:41:05 PDT 2012

Content addressable storage == hashtable.  Earliest use of a hash 
table?  60's at the latest.

Actual CAS granularity hash tables:
> The Stanford Archival Vault [2] is a prototype archival repository 
> intended for digital libraries. The archive consists of a write-once 
> log of digital objects (files) and several auxiliary indexes for 
> locating objects within the log. Objects are identified by the hash of 
> their contents using a cyclic redundancy check (CRC). 

[2] Arturo Crespo and Hector Garcia-Molina. Archival storage for digital 
libraries. In Proceedings of the 3rd ACM International Conference on 
Digital Libraries, 1998.

This is clearly invalid:
Patent filing / priority date seems to be April 1 (!) 1999.

On 9/18/12 5:46 PM, Ken Meltsner wrote:
> Sheesh:
> http://texaslawyer.typepad.com/texas_lawyer_blog/2012/09/patent-suits-filed-sept-17-2012-in-the-us-district-court-for-the-eastern-district-of-texas.html
> Essentially, the same filing against lots of big companies, including
> Microsoft, Yahoo, and Facebook.  And Apple.
> Cause of Action: Filed for the alleged infringement of U.S. Patent No.
> 5,978,791, entitled “Data Processing System Using Substantially Unique
> Identifiers to Identify Data Items, Whereby Data Items Have the Same
> Identifiers;” U.S. Patent No. 6,415,280, entitled “Identifying and
> Requesting Data in Network Using Identifiers Which Are Based On
> Contents of Data;” and U.S. Patent No. 7,802,310, entitled
> “Controlling Access to Data in a Data Processing System.”
> I'm pretty sure at least one member of this list used similar
> techniques a decade ago for content management.
> Ken Meltsner


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