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O'Reilly -- Ask Tim: Open Source, Patents and O'Reilly

Feb 29, 2000, 20:03 (2 Talkback[s])
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"I have struggled with this issue since RMS first approached me to sign on to his campaign. I've declined to urge a boycott because I do think that Amazon provides an incredible service, and one that many of our customers find valuable. At the same time, I completely agree with RMS that the Amazon 1-Click Patent is one more example of an "intellectual property" milieu gone mad."

"In the first place, this patent should have never been allowed. It's a completely trivial application of cookies, a technology that was introduced several years before Amazon filed for their patent."

"I also want to say that a patent on something like "1-Click ordering" is a slap in the face of Tim Berners-Lee and all of the other pioneers who created the opportunity that Amazon has done such a good job of exploiting. Amazon wouldn't have existed without the generosity of people like Tim, who made legitimate, far-reaching inventions, and put them out into the public domain for all to build upon."

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