It appears video game company NCSoft has been making unauthorized use of a patent by worlds.com-- they have been maintaining a highly scalable architecture for a three-dimensional graphical, multi-user, interactive virtual world system. I am frankly disgusted that they would resort to stealing technology from anyone, no less, a reputable pioneer in the development of 3d internet technology. I hope they get what's coming to them...
Seriously, though, what the hell? What is worlds.com? (Some random company that no one would know about if it weren't for this lawsuit) Why has no one heard of them? (Because they haven't done anything). It's infuriating that they would actually seek an injunction against a company for creating "a highly scalable architecture for a three-dimensional graphical, multi-user, interactive virtual world system." I think all game makers should be paying royalties to Atari, for creating "an imaginative system of interactive electronic entertainment" which includes a "software application to be installed on 'client' machines." You wrote a revenge novel? You owe money to the Dumas estate; you're capitalizing on his idea.
The SCO vs [whole free software community] cases were more specific than this, and SCO was standing on something that resembles ground, and they still lost. This suit is absurd. Worlds is scared about the economy, and sees the money pouring in to the MMO market and wants to sustain their livelihood, so they're trying to tap into that fund. It's shameless and awful. Is a lawsuit really what the industry (not to mention the economy) needs right now? 3d mmos have been out for 10 years, are you that dense that you are just now realizing they exist? Or are you wicked and conniving, trying to get some cash out of frivolous lawsuits? Or are you just desperate?
More importantly, who authorizes such bullshit patents? What jackass in the patent office is so busy daydreaming about being the next Einstein that he can't read through the crap and realize they've patented a genre. I need to talk to a patent lawyer here, but I just got a great idea to patent a scalable system of chemical combinations designed to alleviate symptoms of certain diseases. Of course, in a "preferred embodiment", the chemicals would interact with the patient's vital systems and each chemical would correct an abnormality in said systems. I can totally use the same patent, and just reword it a bit. Or would that be copyright infringement?
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