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kid sister to read then don't post it. No flame wars, no abusive conduct, no programming
questions and please don't post ads.
"Now you can continue what you were doing. We're sorry for the inconvenience—we're trying to stop spammers, not you!"
This message, I'm getting after "successfully" answering a LONG captcha code in my hotmail account while trying to send a mail.
Bad things get more visibility, & try to reach users' eyes faster. When I read the line, I only read, "Sorry your captcha was wrong, You look like a spammer". I mean, in a reflex read that happens in a milliseconds. But immediately after, we get the message right. Even this UX lag in ms shouldn't happen.
The good news rather be in bold or some kind of focus applied.
The excuses must be in small fonts.
I empathize Microsoft. Not just these, as I'm using a lot of products of them, I'm encountering a lot of "could be better" thing. Why do they have problems every little corners.
Starting to think people post kid pics in their profiles because that was the last time they were cute - Jeremy.
I am not asking for legal advice. Ok, now that everyone's butt has been covered....
I've gotten very curious about why some of my articles have gotten a very high amount of traffic, so I started poking around. It turns out that one of my articles[^] is referenced in U. S. Patent #8296730[^], held by Microsoft. Presumably, Microsoft would not have filed this patent if they did not expect to see some kind of commercial return on it.
Question 1: Does the Code Project use license permit for-profit use of the articles that people post here?
Question 2: Would I be entitled to any financial gain that Microsoft might see from this patent, seeing as my work is a reference to the patent? (Ignore, for the moment, the issues involved in trying to initiate a patent dispute with M$.)
The CodeProject Open License is summarized here and detailed here. I'd say go review those and make your own conclusions, but from what I can tell there aren't the sort of restrictions you seem to be implying for that license.
You can patent a derivative work, as long as it is unique enough. When you file a patent, you have to list any citations you know of. The patent examiner may add more, though if the citation were to fully describe the new invention, the patent wouldn't be granted. The question is whether the citations are complete and enough to fully describe the invention or make it obvious. This list can get both long and extremely obscure. Being cited generally increases the value of a patent and perhaps other sources as well, however that's as far as it goes. If being cited in a patent implied a monetary relationship, the entire system would become untenable.
It looks like your article is about how to use the extension methods that Microsoft themselves have implemented for Visual Basic. From the footnote in the patent application, it would appear that the patent writer was simply using your article as a reference for how these methods might be used. I think you should just sit back and be happy that Microsoft's attorney included a reference to your article.
As far as getting any money from Microsoft, I think even if you could afford to bring some kind of action, you'd be hard pressed to show that anything in your article would entitle you to compensation. I mean, if there were an innovation there that Microsoft was leveraging in their invention, then you might be able to claim that there was prior art (i.e. you thought of it first) and so the patent is invalid. But really, your article is all about Microsoft's extension methods. So the sequence was: 1) They invented it (perhaps up for dispute, but that's a separate matter) 2) They commercialized it, then 3) You wrote an article about how to use it. Nice, but not different than any other article about how to leverage any technology.
The citation in the patent application is no different than any other citation unless they're making claims about an invention of yours (which would be weird and unlikely). We really can't go around and sue everyone who cites our articles .
True, but the patent involved was not for a particular way of using extension methods, it was for the idea itself. And Gregory's article was a useful, but not particularly novel, sharing of what he had learned about how to use it.
I am loose skinned, not everything is black and white you know! That really stings that you would use honey words and twist like claws. I dig'ed you before i saw your hairy side. This dirt is too much!
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, waging all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
Some mathematicians are reluctant to cosine a correct answer to that. Just don't make too many infractions upon deciding on a point. It will always add up. Or do you want me to sum it up for you? Just do not let this divide us for derivative reasons. Odd that even though we agree there is so much work to do, even though i am not irrational. Just wash your hands when you raise them in dispute as they are fifthly! On second thought lets just drop the whole problem.
I will not meat you half way in that pun. It was raw and uncooked, left a bad taste in my mouth, but well done on a effort worth butchering for. I slaughter not tell you of this because it will attract heat and i am not ready to be skinned alive for only trying to burn rubber. So shall we bleed it out or just drive around the ranch a bit?
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