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CBSMarketWatch: Amazon's patents hurt technology

Mar 17, 2000, 06:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rebecca Lynn Eisenberg)

"Last week, the scourge of bad patents was finally brought to public attention, thanks to a high-profile debate between Time magazine's 'Man of the Year' and the hordes of colleagues and consumers he managed to offend."

"That 'Man of the Year' is, of course, Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of e-tail giant Amazon.com (AMZN: news, msgs). And the mobs he angered include industry icons such as open-source guru and technical-book publisher Tim O'Reilly -- as well as tens of thousands of former customers who are now boycotting the online store."

"What they are angry about is the legitimacy of Amazon.com's recently issued software patents."

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