Patently absurd

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Peter, Jul 22, 2005.

  1. Peter

    Peter Guest

    zdnet reports that Microsoft has filed for a patent on smileys ;-),39020645,39210396,00.htm

    Another conspicuous abuse of the patent system, there's nothing innovative
    or novel here, and lots of prior art.

    The world is starting to look like a monopoly board, where the big
    corporations (Microsoft, Disney, et al) own all the places, build hotels
    and charge everyone every time they pass. The rich get richer, the poor
    get poorer, and any new innovation or new competitors are shut out.

    Peter, Jul 22, 2005
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  2. Peter

    thingy Guest


    Thats why the EU kicked out the US patent law, plain stupid. Somehow
    some people sem to think a similar law will make them lots of money and
    EU companies will benefit, I think that is naive in the extream, though
    more likely a greedy few who thought they could make a lot of money.


    thingy, Jul 22, 2005
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  3. Peter

    Rob J Guest

    Patents only have a limited life, like copyrights.

    The world does not look like what you claim at all.
    Rob J, Jul 23, 2005
  4. Yeah, that patent will only be valid for the next 17 years at most. In
    Internet time, that's hardly any time at all. Then we can all go back to
    using smileys for free.
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Jul 23, 2005
  5. Patents have a 17 year life, which for the IT industry is roughly
    equivalent to Watt having patented electrickery generation and that patent
    still being in force.
    Copyrights, in the US at least, are now death plus 70 years for works by
    individuals. Assuming that all generations live the present average male
    lifespan of 77 years, and reproduce at age 30, a work that I create
    tomorrow (aged 25) wouldn't become public domain under US IP law until my
    GRANDCHILDREN are dead and my great grandchildren have children.
    That's not a limited life, that's a licence to print money.
    No, you just don't understand what the world looks like. US IP law, which
    is being forced upon the rest of the world as fast as they are able, is a
    total abortion that has no goal of furthering the creative arts.
    Matthew Poole, Jul 23, 2005
  6. Peter

    Peter Guest

    You should read more about copyrights. The trend is for them to get longer
    and longer.
    In USA a couple of years back, there was a court case about whether congress
    could just keep extending the term of copyright, like they have been doing.
    The supreme court found that they could, so in effect there is no limit on

    This is way different from what was intended when copyright was first
    introduced centuries ago. Try reading stuff by Jefferson or Macaulay, or
    check out Lessig ...

    This perpetual extension of copyright isn't to benefit artists or consumers,
    it is to benefit the big corporates who own the copyrights (which is the
    point made in the earlier post).

    Peter, Jul 23, 2005
  7. Peter

    BTMO Guest

    I think I will patent word "the" if M$ win this one.

    Hey - its got to be worth a try, and think of gagillions of dollars I will

    Screw rest of you...

    (I deliberately left word out above (and here) to demonstrate how much money
    I can make from this!!)
    BTMO, Jul 23, 2005
  8. Peter

    thing2 Guest

    A good analogy. What is defeating them at present though is the shear
    scale of the Internet which is effectively unlimited, unlike a monopoly
    board. Hence I see their moves (initially anyway) as trying to hogtie
    the US market, if they can put a ring fence around the USA they have a
    managable monopoly board. The big Q is IF.

    The critical thing will come down to choice, as long as Governments are
    not stupid enough to try and control the Internet and sell it to these
    "providers of content" aka the G3 networks, choice should remain.

    Personally I do not think they are winning (at least outside of the
    USA)....I think scale is defeating them, its taking them too long to try
    and control something that is too large and too dynamic.


    thing2, Jul 25, 2005
  9. Peter

    Craig Shore Guest

    You should patent "M$", not "the". Think of all the gazillions of dollars you
    could make off the Open Source community.


    and another few while they're still free :) :)
    Craig Shore, Jul 26, 2005
  10. Peter

    Rob J Guest

    Another troll who doesn't believe in people's right to protect their

    Who really cares whether Mickey Mouse is still copyrighted? I couldn't
    give a toss.
    What crap!
    Rob J, Jul 27, 2005
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