If you frequent the business/software/IT industry news headlines, you must have chanced up on these in the past week or so: "Oracle Sues Google Over Java Patents"; "Microsoft Co-founder Sues [loads of] dot-coms Over Patent Infringements"; "Facebook Trying to Trademark Face".
The last one is today's classic. Somehow all this reminds me of the fantastic headline grabber from the one-and-only "America's Finest News Source", Microsoft Patents Ones, Zeroes. This last one is from 1998 though, if you believe The Onion ;-)
And for the love of software, I won't at all be surprised if that one really comes out to be true in the near future. It doesn't have to be Microsoft, could be anyone. But imagine, it will like totally kick a**, or what?
And I would really like to be the owner of this specific patent — because that translates into myself sitting on my lazy bottom till I lived. Although, would have had a tough time figuring out how to blow up my earnings from my innovative innovation.
Besides, doesn't it feel great to say stuff like: "[the] changing marketplace conditions and the increasingly predatory practices of certain competitors now left me with no choice but to seek compensation for the use of my numerals." Oh, wouldn't it give me that proud feeling of having screwed loads of people off of their unethical livelihoods just to earn my well-deserving profits?
Ah, well! But, here I am... using a cheap laptop and running a bunch of Free Software apps written for the sake of peace and love by some hippies to write this blog post. Funny, as it might sound, I somehow feel this is the right thing to do. I mean anyone with a sane mind would rather be on the Grateful Dead's side than Britney Spears'. What about you?
Oops! I hope the MAFIAA doesn't come after me for illegally linking to mp3 files in my blog post.
Ironically, Facebook would have gone out of business if all its users stopped sharing.