Nearly two months after the launch of Internet Explorer 7 including an RSS feed feature, Microsoft publicly announced it’s trying to register two RSS-related patents. Not to everybody’s contentment. Microsoft made the patent proposals over a year ago, on June 21st 2005.
Dave Winer, one of the RSS technology’s developers, wrote on his website that “anybody who had contributed more or less to RSS’ success should denounce this.” Other contributors simply desire clarifications, as Microsoft has no true paternity over the RSS technology.
Whether the patents are accepted or suits arise over their legality, RSS feeds have become an integral part of online news, for the industry as well as for readers.