Thursday, December 21, 2006

The quickest way to kill Web 2.0

Originally uploaded by Óli H.
Another I'm-amazed-at-this with patents here in the U.S. of A. Seems Microsoft has decided to patent RSS. That's right, they claim they own it.

From David Berlind over at ZDnet:
Just when you thought you'd seen it all, Microsoft has apparently applied to the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a patent on the Really Simple Syndication protocol (RSS). The blogosphere hasn't worked itself up into a tizzy quite yet. Although Dave Winer has already posted a Tale of Corporate Atrocity, Techmeme still lists the item well below "the fold" and it hasn't shown up in any of Digg's top or upcoming lists (as best as I can tell). Technorati — a service that would probably cease to be if Microsoft started charging royalties on every execution of RSS — has no reflection of the news item on its home page either.
Mr. Berlind concludes his post with a little understatement: In mean time, it would not be good news for a single company to be in control of RSS.No kidding. I only recently came to see the value of RSS in all its various forms, and I'd not want to see it controlled by a single entity. I'd thought it was a bit of open software under the GNU license or some such. Guess I was wrong.

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