physics - 7:39 pm on Aug 13, 2005 (gmt 0)
There was a company a few years ago, that was trying to swindle around $5000.00 from a lot of mom and pop operations. They could not afford the legal bills, so most of them shelled out the money for a license to be left alone. Maybe somebody remenbers this from around 2003.
I remember that. Wonder if that is the same company that went under...
In any case these patents are ridiculous and Amazon should have fought it tooth and nail and done a favor to themselves, other webmasters (like the mom and pops who got jipped for $5,000), and the future of software in the internet world. A precedent setting case like that could open the door to other unreasonable software patents being revoked (I think ... I'm not a lawyer ;).