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E-Commerce Times: Amazon Boycott Rhetoric Reaches Absurd Heights

Dec 30, 1999, 23:22 (32 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chet Dembeck)

"Stallman called for the boycott in response to Amazon's attempt to prevent barnesandnoble.com from using its patented 1-Click technology to allow repeat shoppers to purchase items without having to re-enter personal information each time...."

"Fine, but I have one question: Why didn't they? If 1-Click was so easy and obvious, then why didn't someone else come up with it? Or other "obvious" items like the steam engine or the light bulb, for that matter?"

"The bottom line is that Amazon was willing to put up the capital to pay technicians and go through the existing patent system to make this "obvious" concept an innovative reality for its customers."

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