Web users are threatening BT with a class action for every broken link on the web.

Earlier this week, the telco started moves to enforce a patent it holds on the concept of hyperlinks. BT claims that as it invented hyperlinks, ISPs owe a royalty for every one they host.

BT's patent dates from 1976, some 6 years after Ted Nelson described the concept (and invented the term hypertext), and a good 31 years after Atlantic Monthly published a very similar sounding concept.

TheRegister are now carrying a story which quotes one ISP threatening a product liability class action over every broken link on the web.

Reminds you of the Unisys GIF patent, yes? As we can't burn all our links, we can break a few...

Look, here's one!