The Positive Side of Software Patents
Microosft filed a patent regarding „off-line economies for digital media” or, put into more mundane words, „paid Zune sharing”. The idea behind that is that users would be paid a sales commission for sharing songs with other Zune users, if that user purchases the track after the three free plays, Zune offers.
Thanks to the patent and the fact, that the Zune won’t make it’s way to Austria in the forseeable future, we are save from this scheme. And you believed that Patents are bad. :)