Yahoo, Digg, Reddit, Fark, TechCrunch and others have been sued for violating US Patent No. 6,370,535. A company called Gooseberry Natural Resources LLC, filed a complaint in a Los Angeles federal court. They say to own a patent titled:
‘System and method for structured news release generation and distribution’,
which is running a blog in other words. The invention underlying the patent appears to be the notion of typing text into an admin system, storing that text on a server, and then publishing it on the Internet. The patent was awarded in 2002.
So stop reading this illegal stuff! Now!