It all hinges around a patent that a small company named Eolas has managed to acquire that deals with remotely executed content. (Not sure if the above site is really them. All they appear to have to show for themselves is a Java applet that emulates an animated GIF. Now that's progress!)"
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David Landgren writes "Cringley's latest pulpit has been published on pbs.org. He contends that Microsoft will beat the DOJ.H: Hehe-progress indeed. But what's important here is that Eolas has come into possession of the US patent for "a distributed hypermedia method for automatically invoking external application providing interaction and display of embedded objects within a hypermedia document." Their product was shown to the big boys-MS, Sun, and NCSA a couple of years before Java or N2.0. Lawsuits, here we come. Maybe. Thanks to Mister Palomar/Charles Lin below for providing this patent link.