[thelist] IE update

Adrian Simmons adrinux at ntlworld.com
Wed Oct 8 09:54:04 CDT 2003

Peter-Paul Koch wrote:
> How does the alert prevent the use of patented plugin technology?
As I understand it it's not the plugin technology that was patented, its 
the way it is embedded and run from within a web page. This is not a 
*real* patent, it's one of those new fangled US software patents. You 
just have to have an idea how something will work - you don't even have 
to actually write any software.

The patent refers to content running automatically, thus if the user has 
to click 'ok' it's not automatic and the patent is irrelevant. At least 
that's Microsofts logic.


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