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   RE: [xml-dev] Patents

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I have just been awarded the patent on "Techniques for Electronic
Representation and Distribution of Sarcastic Data" that includes,
without limitation, transportation and storage of structured,
semi-structured, and unstructured sarcastic textual data, images, audio,
and gestures.  Contact me ASAP to take advantage of special "XML-based
Sarcasm" license.


Don Park

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rick Jelliffe [mailto:ricko@allette.com.au] 
> Sent: Sunday, April 21, 2002 4:53 AM
> To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Patents
> > Timothy said:
> > > > Slightly off topic, but a sad example of how far our 
> patent system 
> > > > has
> > fallen:
> > > >
> > > > http://news.com.com/2100-1023-885552.html
> > >
> > > The saddest thing is that the father invested so much effort in 
> > > teaching a five year-old about the patent process. What a dullard.
> Rubbish. This patent can only promote innovation, as children 
> who are too poor and lazy to pay the swing license find other 
> ways to have fun (or "Spontaneous Positive Emotional 
> Intellectual Property" as it should be called).  
> As children are prevented from using the swing in that way, 
> they will find new 
> things to do.  Who knows, in the future I bet we will find it 
> quaint that anyone 
> ever swung on a swing!
> Unregulated children's games are a virus which infects all 
> the fun that children have at playgrounds. 
> Speaking as an Australian, I am proud and happy that the US 
> has this patent, and I hope it will apply its full economic 
> suasion on lesser countries to prevent abuses. I believe that 
> there are counterfeit swings in the garbage dumps where 
> people live in Metro Manilla, for example. Unless all money 
> possible can be extorted from poor countries, by us granting 
> ourselves ownership on anything we see first, we in the West 
> will not be able to finance the next round of research on 
> what to grab next. Without unlimited, unthinking, unfeeling 
> and strong protection 
> of intellectual property rights of all kinds, the sky will 
> undoubtedly fall in. 
> Cheers
> Rick Jelliffe
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