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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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  1. identicon
    Chad Woolley, 10 Nov 2005 @ 1:39am

    Blurring the lines

    Ironically, Micro$oft seems to be supporting organizations which fight this type of nonsense:

    http://www.pff.org/about/supporters.html

    Nothing like spreading some extra filthy lucre to blur the lines, or at least to facilitate future attempts to seem like a less-evil empire...

    -- Chad

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