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    Thursday
    Jul012004

    EFF: Patent Buster Extraordinaire

    INFO TECHNOLOGY: The EFF has released the 10 patents it wants to either have thrown out or dramatically modified. Wired News has a report on the EFF's efforts, and it's an interesting list. You can also read the EFF's Patent Busting Project's home page. From video game emulation to online testing to Acacia's infamous "digital media transmission" patent, these are all potentially stifling patents and deserve to be busted.



    However, it seems that two of Amazon's patents are missing from the list. Amazon has patented their (brilliant, amazing, feat-defying) "One click purchasing" and their "Affiliate Program," and both are completely obvious and deserve to be busted as well. Maybe Amazon is a little too well financed for the EFF to bother with at this point. Hopefully those will come around in the next batch.



    Meanwhile, we'll just have to enjoy this quote from XCorvis on Slashdot: "Someone should patent the method for profiting from vague patents... then sue everyone profiting from vague patents."

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