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[News] Intellectual Monopoly Law Totally Out of Control

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Patent breach by 'virtually all websites'? Pay up, firm demands

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| A SINGAPORE firm has threatened to sue websites that use pictures or graphics 
| to link to another page, claiming it owns the patent for a technology used by 
| millions around the world.  
| In a move that has come under fire from the online community, VueStar 
| Technologies has sent 'invoices' to local website operators asking for 
| thousands of dollars in licensing fees.  
| The company, which said 'virtually all websites' are infringing on its 
| patent, is also planning to take on giants like Mircosoft and Google. 


Patent-pending spellcheck software?!

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| Patent-pending spellcheck software, that is?!
| First of all, patenting software or any algorithm based on the idiotic claim 
| that it's actually a "business concept, method and system" (if not even 
| an "apparatus" when they forcefully include the computer in the patent claim) 
| is theft. It's slavery. It'd dictatorship with the complicity of the USPTO.    


The whole system needs to be nuked.


Fashion Designers Turning To Patents To Protect Their Designs (And Kill The

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| After all, here was a highly competitive, extremely profitable, exceptionally 
| innovative creative industry -- and it was doing all that without copyright 
| protection. It seemed to show quite the opposite of what many in the 
| entertainment industry predicted would happen without copyrights. 
| Unfortunately, though, the lessons seemed to go in the other direction. The 
| fashion industry got jealous of the entertainment industry's ability to crack 
| down on innovation with copyrights and pushed Congress to introduce new 
| legislation that would add a copyright for fashion design. Recently such laws 
| have been getting a big push from politicians who are pandering to the 
| fashion industry. Of course, studies have shown that the very reason the 
| industry has thrived was because the lack of IP protection. In fact, one bit 
| of research showed that adding IP protections to fashion could kill the 
| industry.             

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