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by Mike Masnick




Microsoft Patents Music Appreciation

from the double-groovy dept

theodp writes "Ever find yourself agreeing with a rock critic's assessment that a certain Nirvana song is 'angry'? If so, beware! From here on in, you could be infringing on Microsoft's just-issued patent for Training a trainee to classify fundamental properties of media entities, which Microsoft explains covers teaching one to recognize that the Beastie Boys' Hey Ladies is an example of a 'fun song.'" And as you read the patent, it just gets better and better. The "process" involves a "double grooving" phase that allows the listener to become a "groover." Well, isn't that just double groovy? Does anyone actually read these patents?

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    blankmeyer, 6 Jul 2005 @ 5:37pm

    Unbelievable!

    Just when you think you've seen every dumb patent there could be, something new pops up. I'm forced to wonder whether I should have my daughter (age 5) apply for a job at the patent office. An education and the ability to read do not appear to be necessary qualifications.

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