Uniloc Technology Inventor Responds To Angry Mojang Fans
"It's all right to steal from Uniloc as long as it helps stop pirates stealing from me?"
Well, that didn't take long. Shortly after reporting on Markus "Notch" Persson's response to a lawsuit from software developer Uniloc, word reached our ears that the co-founder of Uniloc (and inventor of the technology in question), Ric Richardson, had created a blog post as a response to the deluge of angry e-mails received from Minecraft fans.
"I awoke this morning to a large number of emails and tweets decrying Uniloc's actions regarding a law suit against Swedish firm Mojang", it begins.
"Firstly, besides having shares in Uniloc this has little else to do with me. The disputed patent is not mine, and I have had no communication with the company about the matter."
"That said, I also feel compelled to say something regarding all of the strong language and accusations being thrown around on twitter, in the press and some rather disgusting emails sent to me personally because I had the audacity to put my email address on my site."
Richardson went on to explain that in 1992 he'd registered the patent for the 216 Uniloc technology, claimed by the firm to have been used by Mojang without license in the Android version of Minecraft: Pocket Edition.
"I'm sorry if you don't think its right to protect yourself. I think it's irresponsible to involve others in an enterprise when you don't do everything you reasonably can to protect their interests as well as your own..."
"It amazes me that people complain about paying a royalty for a technology that stops up to a third of a software companies sales from being lost to piracy. What are you saying? "Its all right to steal from Uniloc as long as it helps stop pirates stealing from me?"
"Further, I think it's a sad thing to see people making inflammatory remarks from the cheap seats. The Internet can be a real disappointing place when people can mouth off without taking responsibility for their actions. Just sad," he concluded.