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Microsoft wants to patent smilies?

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Instead of focusing on some real problems, now there is word that Microsoft is trying to patent smilies, or the emoticons. This has Mark Taylor, executive director of the Open Source Consortium in a tizzy. “We now appear to be living in a world where even the most laughable paranoid fantasies about commercially controlling simple social concepts are being outdone in the real world by well-funded armies of lawyers on behalf of some of the most powerful companies on the planet. Emoticons are a form of language, and a precedent allowing patenting of language constructs is very dangerous indeed.” I have a suggestion for Microsoft: you get this patent, if you make every single Microsoft user smile for one full day! via P2PNet

6 Responses to “Microsoft wants to patent smilies?”

  1. Jesse Kopelman

    Mario, this is a patent application so it is not just about what is done but how it is done. Something tells me your emoticons from the 70s did not involve clicking on something with a mouse or even entering a simple key combination on a keyboard.