[At-Large] More DNS patents

John R. Levine johnl at iecc.com
Tue Oct 9 16:31:10 UTC 2012

> http://www.freepatentsonline.com/result.html?query_txt=dnssec&sort=relevance&srch=top&patents=on
> http://www.freepatentsonline.com/result.html?query_txt=domain+name+system&sort=relevance&srch=top&patents=on
> Yes, even *validating WHOIS information* is patented.

Those are patent applications, not patents.  There is a large and 
important difference.

The software patent situation is a mess, but confusing the issue isn't 

John Levine, johnl at iecc.com, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet for Dummies",
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