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Patent trolls

A SINGAPORE firm has threatened to sue websites that use pictures or graphics to link to another page, claiming it owns the patent for a technology used by millions around the world. In a move that has come under fire from the online community, VueStar Technologies has sent ‘invoices’ to local website operators asking for thousands of dollars in licensing fees …

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Quite a few people have already been smacked with an invoice, charging them for use of their so-called technology.

Doesn’t this violate the fundamental rule about patents being that “the technology cannot be something obvious“?

Using images to link to other websites has been around for ages, goddamnit!

And furthermore – when I was a little kid learning HTML, I figured out how to link to other websites using images all by my tiny self without help from any web tutorials/books/what have yous – that is HOW FUCKING OBVIOUS the concept is!

And that was in 1997, waaaay before this so-called patent even existed.

There is talk that because the duration of the patent is coming to an end, the company is seeking to reap as much benefit they can from the patent by smacking charges on people before the patent officially expires.

Patent troll – that was the term people used. I absolutely agree. Typical, money-minded companies using the umbrella of their patent (and its associated rights and laws) to bully the rest of the online community into feeding their (money) faces.

If THAT is called a patent, then I can also go and patent simple, day by day tasks of walking, breathing and eating. (An annual license of $1000 payable for each action, perhaps?)

And plus, the nutcases who approved that sorry excuse of a patent better go get their heads checked. That patent was approved in 2003. Two FUCKING thousand and THREE. My circle of internet friends back then (plus my fellow bloggers) have been using images to link to other websites long before that. Perhaps even when God was still wearing diapers.

This is what I call the height of ridiculousness. Thank you for putting Singapore on the map for laughing stocks.

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5 Comments

  • 27 May 2008
    2:48 PM

    Katy

    Umm are you freaking serious! HTML is like public domain… how the hell can some stupid firm own a patent for something like that? It obviously won’t be legit and will have many holes!

  • 28 May 2008
    2:57 AM

    Erin

    Wow. That… is crazy. We are all in so much trouble. Hehe. Pixel clubs the world over, look out!

  • 28 May 2008
    2:16 PM

    Cindy

    HAHAHAHA! That’s pretty awesome =P Man, the day someone patents air, I will laugh so hard I’ll squirt water out my nose.

  • 28 May 2008
    4:14 PM

    Chien Yee

    HAHAHAHA. I seriously can’t stop laughing.
    LMAO. This is ridiculous! Since they ‘invented’ it, why don’t they also invent something that STOPs people from copying their INVENTIONS.

  • 29 May 2008
    1:20 PM

    Becca

    wow. that is…horible…stupid…funny. I don’t know. I can’t believe it though! I don’t even know what to say it’s so ridiculous!

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