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Old May 13, 2014, 4:03 PM   #11
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I have known some patent examiners in my time. I doubt anything changed hands.

Agreed

It's not a nice suggestion - tho regrettably in the world we now live in, it's not unheard of ... but it seems to be more at 'the boss' level than the day-to-day worker level

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Old May 14, 2014, 9:43 AM   #12
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How could something like this effect the mom and pop internet store using images done with this method?

Amazon would be wasting lawyers fees to come after someone like me. Going after the smaller retailer to harass the competition I could see. Amazon sues everyone in sight and settles for a percentage of the site revenues.
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Old May 14, 2014, 11:24 AM   #13
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Well, think of all the people and small businesses who post product shots on Amazon. If they use a white b/g, Amazon can just presume they are using the patented method, and charge them a license fee. If it is small, who is going to risk losing the exposure (ok, bad pun) of selling on Amazon?
If it comes to a fight, of course, it would be tough to prove someone used that specific lighting setup. But, again, who is going to fight the 800 pound gorilla?
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Old May 14, 2014, 12:07 PM   #14
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A retailer selling on Amazon could be extorted at will. Give us a cut or we kill you.
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