Monday, December 29, 2003

washingtonpost.com: Big Intrusions, Tiny Pictures and Patented Problems

washingtonpost.com: Big Intrusions, Tiny Pictures and Patented Problems: "This is the year the Internet officially stopped being fun. The festering problems of spam, spyware, viruses, worms and pop-ups boiled over, making the online experience merely annoying at best, financially and emotionally destructive at worst. "
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When an obscure Utah software firm can claim that it owns part of the Linux operating system and demand royalty payments (without offering public proof!), when Microsoft must redesign its Web browser because a programmer got a patent for an obvious way to add multimedia to Web pages, and when manufacturers of things ranging from printer cartridges to garage-door openers get sued under the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, no developer or consumer can be safe. Is that the future we want to live in? "

Via Watching Microsoft Like a Hawk
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