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RE: [dvd-discuss] Patent anything

How the bloody #(@@!#$ do these things get patented?????

Patents are supposed to be for non-obvious inventions with
no prior art!  

Even if you accept the recent change to allow "business models"
as inventions to be patented, isn't a monthly membership
fee freakin' obvious?  Hasn't there been loads of prior art??

-Richard M. Hartman

186,000 mi/sec: not just a good idea, it's the LAW!

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dean Sanchez [mailto:DSANCHEZ@fcci-group.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2003 6:49 AM
> To: Dvd Discussion Group (E-mail)
> Subject: [dvd-discuss] Patent anything
> If Netflix can get a patent on getting a monthly subscription 
> fee, I should be able to get a patent on breathing.  Everyone 
> hold you breath until you pay up;)
> http://biz.yahoo.com/rc/030624/media_netflix_4.html
> There is such a huge disconnect between what a "reasonable" 
> person sees as appropriate and to what the IP industry is 
> staking claim , is it any wonder that the average citizen is 
> beginning to feel nothing but contempt for copyright and 
> patent and ignore the law?