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Microsoft wants to patent smilies

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I posted this in this forum because most of the talk about patents goes here...

The story: http://p2pnet.net/story/5675
and: http://news.zdnet.co.uk/business/0,39020645,39210396,00.htm

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Emoticons are a form of language, and a precedent allowing patenting of language constructs is very dangerous indeed.

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It is unfortunately quite clear such patents have nothing to do with protecting investments nor R&D, and only with obtaining exclusion rights which can help them [Microsoft] maintain their dominant position in the market

Well, this one is for microsoft: :nonnon: :nonnon: :nonnon: :nonnon: :nonnon: (and this time, it's not the index finger Laughing )

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Re: Microsoft wants to patent smilies

By the way, have a look at our shared news page: http://de.lirio.us/rubric/entries/tags/libervisnews

It seems to be a "hot" day today.

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Re: Microsoft wants to patent smilies

Smilies I consider a form of language. You should not be able to put a patent on anything like this. If the patent office agrees to this application they all deserved to be fired.

One important step which I think is missing in the patenting proceedure is that anyone who files a patent, gets it accepted, then rakes in money from it, and finally it is found that this company/person(s) knew before hand that there was prior art (so the patent should not have been accepted) that these companies/persons pay for their actions.

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Re: Microsoft wants to patent smilies

You know what, I have no comment to this nor it requires any sane comments. It just proves in what kind of world we live today. It's a joke! It's a freaking joke!

As for the other hot stuff. What is Sun doing with all this "open sourcing" is a mess.. The Shwartz guy still doesn't seem to understand the difference between "free of charge" (zero price) and "free as in freedom" and I really wonder if all that software they're gonna "liberate" is gonna be Java kind of liberty, CDDL Solaris kind of liberty or the real Free Software liberty.
I think it's time for them to decide on which chair they're gonna sit, because I think it is just about to start slipping on them otherwise.

If Sun was "for real", I would hold it the dearest and most valuable company in Free Software world (if software that they painted as "Free" already, was really fully Free Software).

Let's see if Swtartz the genius gets it in time.

As for the "bittorent illegal story", it really hits the mark when it says:

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Surprised? Don't be. Governments and schools and supposed educational organizations around the world are openly helping the major record labels, movie studios and software companies to brainwash kids with hard-core marketing propaganda, including spurious instruction on copyright which now has a place with the three Rs.

Brainwashing indeed! I actually encourage people to use that term more often when describing such campaigns and acts, because it is as scary as it sounds. Yes my "legalist pet" boy (if you actually had such an enormous luck to find this site and read this), you're being brainwashed big time. Ain't that exciting? No? So, when are you gonna kick them off your brain?! :-x

It's an open battlefield, an open fight now. No more pretending!

Thanks
Daniel

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Re: Microsoft wants to patent smilies

I just read the patent itself, and I have the following remarks:

1 - if I send you an image, and send you the filename of that image in plain text at another time or trough another communication channel, I am violating the patent
2 - vector graphics are not covered by the patent
3 - this patent is both insane and stupid (follows from 1 and 2)

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Re: Microsoft wants to patent smilies

I agree that this is really just a form of communication control. It is no different than if someone bought the rights to the word "the", charging a penny every time you used it.

Communication is most certainly not a commodity to be bought, sold, or otherwise owned!

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Re: Microsoft wants to patent smilies

Just an absurdity and senslessness of software patents at its best, but sadly something that tends to be overlooked by patent defenders (usually patent profiteers) or those who're just brainsquashed enough to think it's actually normal..

Really patently absurd, patently stupid.

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