On Wed, Jan 26, 2000 at 11:22:58AM +0000, Brian Nesbitt wrote:
> Can't understand what all the fuss is about. If Amazon didn't patent
> it then some one else would have. I think there's an important lesson
> to be learnt here with regards to giving away really good ideas to big
Agreed. Can't blame Amazon for patenting something that arguably/probably
shouldn't be patentable. Blame the patent office. Amazon are just playing
by the rules. Nothing wrong with having patents. Often feel that the fsf
should register itself a portfolio of software patents with which to fight
proprietary software. :-)
Amazon's suing Barnes & Noble (*) for `violating' this specious patent scares
me a little. Not a lot, just a little - both are pretty big corporations and
at that level it seems to me like a big game. If Amazon were to sue a much
smaller entity for the same reasons, I would be very angry and would consider
not shopping with Amazon.
In other words, if Amazon were a `bully', I'd stop buying from them, but it's
hard to call someone a bully when they're picking on somebody bigger than them. :-)
Of course, I've probably totally misread the situation...
(*) I assume this is what has caused all this fuss.
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