Ridiculous patents

Apple has patented page turning on electronic books.  While I understand the profit motive, it seems to me that certain things should be hustled into the public domain and left there for all to use.  There is the occasional purpose for commercial activity behond just making a profit.

Having spent over half an hour in a movie theatre watching “coming attractions,” and one capsule of information and instructions after another before the movie began, I wonder how consumers and customers can rise up.  Companies still did pretty well before they treated us like lemmings. I don’t want to stop going to the movies, but the insult is enough to keep me from going more often.  That obviously is not working.

Dennis Baron has written about the Apple patent on his blog, The Web of Language:  http://bit.ly/weblan

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