Subject: Request for Info: Edata Corporation
From: Joseph Arceneaux <>
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 96 14:44 PDT

I just got a nasty brochure from these scum in the mail, replete with
a photo of a real stick and carrot subtitled "Your Choice".

These are the creatures that hold patent #4,528,643: "System for
Reproducing Information in Material Objects at a Point of Sale
Location".  They claim that this patent covers any downloading of
information, after payment arrangement, including both online download
and delivery in e.g., CD Roms.

In the brochure are news headlines about how many companies they've
sued, as well as about their deal with IBM.

Does anyone know of companies successfully litigating against these
monsters, or have any other useful info?


Joseph Arceneaux
Arceneaux Consulting
+1 415 648 9988 (direct)
+1 415 341 1395 (fax)
+1 500 488 9308