Friday, September 12, 2003[posted by jaed at 5:11 PM]
Fun With IP Law
Apparently someone has a patent on plugins, or at least on automatic launching of plugins to play data external to the page. (Flash developers, that bell you hear may be tolling for you.) Why I haven't heard about this before now is one of those mysteries - I suppose I haven't been paying enough attention to tech news. The patent holder Eolas has already won at trial against Microsoft, but of course this potentially affects all browsers with plugin capability (not to mention all web pages that use external data). Sounds like a mess.