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Microsoft Patents Custom Emoticons
Open Source, patent reform folks not pleased...
by Karl Bode 10:00AM Saturday Jul 23 2005
Microsoft has apparently tried to patent the idea of custom emoticons, according to ZDNet & Slashdot (see the patent). "'We now appear to be living in a world where even the most laughable paranoid fantasies about commercially controlling simple social concepts are being outdone in the real world by well-funded armies of lawyers on behalf of some of the most powerful companies on the planet," says Mark Taylor of the Open Source Consortium.


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Microsoft is not the problem

It needs to be said: the problem is not that Evil Microsoft wants to patent every idea in sight. The problem is how the patent system works with respect to software.

If you're playing a game where the rules are such that, if you buy property you land on, then it has the dual benefits of allowing you to collect money from other players while preventing them from using the property to collect rent from you, then you'd have to be pretty silly to try and win the game without buying a certain amount of property.

If you don't like the way the game works, then it's kind of fruitless to point out that the other players are playing by the rules. You need to get the rules changed.