AOL Now Owns Patent to IM'ing Technology
This is just.. totally, totally, absolutely astounding.. how stupid and uneducated those law makers and patent pushers are. This just totally blows me away.
In a nutshell:
"The new patent defines AOL's IM application as one that enables users to chat with and identify one another across a specific "communications network," opening up the possibility for AOL to collect royalties from rivals."
"communication network". Defined as? Where's the limits? What's the cost for others? What about other peer-to-peer networks? What about those little messages via Kazaa? Any kind of 'message' sent over the net uses the same types of protocols as "IM" messaging, one way or another. Absolutely, horrifyingly disasterous. All forms of communication via the same way of thinking is now kaput if AOL decides to enforce this, and they will. Not to mention the disaster it will mean for applications like Trillian.
I'd really like to see how Linux and open-source users will respond to this since "IM" style messaging has been available to them since what.. the late 70's? Pu-leeease...
Next they'll try to patent Telnet and IRC.... or is this technically under the same way of communication? Where's the end?