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The EFF Names Names

True to its word, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has named the ten worst patents that it thinks the U.S. Patent office should re-examine. According to the EFF, these ten patents are trying to unlawfully take ownership of the most basic processes used by humans and machines. Interestingly enough, many of the patents named belong to communications companies, the most conspicuous being Clear Channel, which has patented the ability to record a live performance and is going after artists who give concert goers copies of their shows. Certainly, we didn't needed a further reason to distrust the Wall-Mart of radio. But this sort of abuse of trademark and patent is just absurd.

You can read about the other nine suspect patents in Wired's excellent story.