Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Abolish Software Patents

This is seriously retarded shit right here:
Worlds Claims MMOs Infringe 'Virtual Space' Patent, Sues NCsoft

Self-described pioneer in "3D virtual communities and rich immersive environments" Worlds has sued MMO publisher and developer NCsoft for infringing on a Worlds-held patent titled "System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space."

The lawsuit claims that by developing and selling massively multiplayer online games--including City of Heroes, Dungeon Runners, Tablua Rasa, Lineage, Lineage II, and Guild Wars--NCsoft "directly and/or contributorily infringed" on Worlds' patent.

Filed in 2000 and granted in 2007, the broadly-worded patent "provides a highly scalable architecture for a three-dimensional graphical, multi-user, interactive virtual world system" that uses a "central server" to compute the positional data that allows avatars to interact with each other as well as the environment.
Actually, shoot all the lawyers involved in filing this brain-cell-killingly-stupid lawsuit. Then abolish software patents (if abolishing the entire patent system is too much to ask for).

UPDATE: The article reminded me of this steaming pile of a 3D chat program by Microsoft in 1998. It was hilariously bad. Even at the time. Yet, somehow still vaguely awesome.

1 comment:

  1. Eventually, frankly put:

    All Intellectual Property rights are going to either have to be enforced with a dictatorial fist or rendered obsolete and nullified as such.

    We've gotten to the point, with the Internet, that, without some degree of an iron fist over the Net, these rights (rightly or wrongly placed) cannot be enforced.