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Geek Trivia: The quibble of the week for March 31, 2009

This week's quibble comes from the March 24, 2009 edition of Geek Trivia, "Pros and (emoti)cons." TechRepublic member sidekick informed us that various parties' attempt to copyright, trademark, and charge royalties for various emoticons was the least of our online-text worries.

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This week's quibble comes from the March 24, 2009 edition of Geek Trivia, "Pros and (emoti)cons." TechRepublic member sidekick informed me that various parties' attempt to copyright, trademark, and charge royalties for various emoticons was the least of my online-text worries:

"I just secured the copyrights to the alphabet, and a few non-alphanumeric ASCII characters, such as carriage return and line feed. I'll let this article go, Jay, but next time get your checkbook out first. Hmm, this should look good on my resume to Microsoft."

Duly noted, sidekick. I await your future licenses fees with...well...let's call it anticipation and leave it at that. ;)

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1 comments
darpoke
darpoke

think you may have made a rod for your own back, ending with a smiley there Jay :-) [crap! now I'm in hock too!]