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This is not a joke! Taking a photo against a white background could soon be the exclusive property of the multinational, on-line sellers Amazon, after the US Patent and Trademark Office granted them the rights to the process of photographing people or objects against a white backdrop.
Amazon Granted Exclusive US Patent To Photographing Against White Background
Food for thought: does this mean, in the future, Google could hold the exclusive rights to Abstract Expressionism, as a style? Apple patent the process of digital drawing or Amazon holding the rights to e-books as a process of publication?
Amazon successfully patents photography against a white background
What this means is that Amazon managed to patent the best camera setting for a particular shot.
An Australian man has been issued with an innovation patent for the wheel after setting out to test the workability of a new national patent system. John Keogh was issued the innovation patent for a "circular transportation facilitation device" under a patent system introduced in May 2001.
originally posted by: Britguy
Saw this across many of the photography websites and blogs a few weeks ago, absolutely unbelievable!
Yeah, this guy Sawatzky "invented" it. Sure he did, and nobody else in history has taken images in a similar manner. This is really showing just what a joke the patent issue has become. Almost up there with Prenda Law and their lawsuits and patent trolling of individuals and companies.