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InternetNews.com: Open-Source Expert Calls for Amazon Boycott

Dec 23, 1999, 23:15 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian McWilliams)

"Last week, Stallman published an editorial accusing Amazon (AMZN) of threatening the freedom of e-commerce through its one-click patent. That's the system Amazon uses for storing shopper's credit card and shipping data so they can make subsequent purchases with the click on a button."

"Stallman insists the patent office has made a mistake and believes Amazon's invention is so obvious it doesn't deserve a patent.

""The reason I'm concerned with this is that it affects the freedom of everyone who wants to run a Web site or might conceivably want to run a Web site," he said."

"Amazon has said it's aware of the boycott but hasn't detected any impact on its sales."

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