Linked by Alfman on Thu 26th Jul 2012 20:20 UTC
Legal "Mojang is one of ten companies, including Electronic Arts, GameLoft and Square Enix, that have been named in the lawsuit. The patent that Uniloc claims Mojang and others are using without permission describes a way to check that a person wanting to play a game has the right to do so. If not, that person is locked out of the game. In its court papers, Uniloc says the version of Minecraft for Android mobile phones violates its patented technology. Throughout the court papers, Uniloc misspells the name of the hugely popular game as 'Mindcraft'." Markus Persson, known as Notch, has this to say: "Software patents are plain evil. Innovation within software is basically free, and it's growing incredibly rapid. Patents only slow it down." Notch added that he will throw piles of money at this case to make sure the trolls don't get a cent.
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Only 10?
by BushLin on Thu 26th Jul 2012 21:23 UTC
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I've skimmed over the granted patent (I'm not a patent lawyer, sorry) and it appears to describe simply a licence manager that allows a grace period and then list many combinations of device, storage and authentication that could be applied.

If this patent really does stand up (which I personally believe it shouldn't) then why are they only going after these 10 companies?
Just about every licence managed piece of software would appear to fall foul of it!

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