Tim Berners-Lee takes the stand to keep the Web free

February 9, 2012

Google, Amazon and Adobe are fighting a patent claiming ownership over online video, image rotation and search auto-complete.

The inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, testified in a Texas courtroom Tuesday in an attempt to defeat two patents, Wired Threat Level reports.

A patent-licensing company called Eolas and the University of California are saying the patents entitle them to royalty payments from just about anyone running a website with “interactive” features, like rotating pictures or streaming video.

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