Patent trolls want $1,000—for using scanners

Posted by BernardSwiss on Jan 3, 2013 12:56 PM EDT
Ars Technica; By Joe Mullin
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When Steven Vicinanza got a letter in the mail earlier this year informing him that he needed to pay $1,000 per employee for a license to some “distributed computer architecture” patents, he didn’t quite believe it at first. The letter seemed to be saying anyone using a modern office scanner to scan documents to e-mail would have to pay—which is to say, just about any business, period.

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