Well, I know it ain't your typical Linux story, however, given
that so many emoticons are Smiley Face wannabes ;0) :) ;), the news
must impact everyone who has ever communicated online. That, it
would seem, includes every Linux user and developer.
Of course, tomorrow is another day.
According to Mr. Ball's obituary
on Yahoo!, "Ball was paid $45 for his artwork by State Mutual
Life Assurance Cos. of America - now Allamerica - in 1963. He never
applied for a trademark or copyright."
"At its peak of popularity in 1971, more than 50 million Smiley
Face buttons were sold. In 1999, the U.S. Postal Service issued a
Smiley Face stamp."
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