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OLPC Lawsuit-Bringer Has Past Fraud Conviction

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the dodgy-suit-need-to-buy-a-better-one dept.

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d0ida writes "The Boston Globe has up an article about LANCOR's lawsuit over the design of the OLPC's keyboard. 'Negroponte said the lawsuit is without merit, because OLPC uses a keyboard programming technique developed in 1996, long before the Nigerian patent was filed. The founder of Lagos Analysis Corp., Ade Oyegbola, was convicted of bank fraud in Boston in 1990 and served a year in prison. Oyegbola insists his Nigerian patent is legitimate and said he plans to file a copyright-infringement lawsuit against OLPC in an American court.'"

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he plans to file a copyright-infringement lawsuit (0)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 6 years ago | (#21557619)

Party on...

FP

Re:he plans to file a copyright-infringement lawsu (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21557697)

Assuming it was the dude himself who said that, and it's not a mistake by the journalist, I wonder why this is even news worthy?
If you can't tell the difference between patents and copyright even though you actually have a patent, well, it's reasonable to suspect he is a few bits short of a byte.

Not firing on all cylinders. Loco in the cabeza. Dull, dim or dysfunctional. A walking echo chamber. A death star short of an evil empire, and no boba fett either.

Re:he plans to file a copyright-infringement lawsu (4, Funny)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 6 years ago | (#21557729)

It doesn't matter. Every time someone files a lawsuit, a lawyer gets his wings.

Re:he plans to file a copyright-infringement lawsu (1, Funny)

BlueParrot (965239) | more than 6 years ago | (#21558263)

It doesn't matter. Every time someone files a lawsuit, a lawyer gets his horns.


Fixed it for you.

Re:he plans to file a copyright-infringement lawsu (1)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 6 years ago | (#21559777)

Heh, I was thinking that or tail, but we have at least one guy [slashdot.org] standing up in "The never ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way."

Re:he plans to file a copyright-infringement lawsu (1)

oblonski (1077335) | more than 6 years ago | (#21566223)

And dont forget a few cards short of a full deck... Or the engine's running but there's no one behind the wheel

this smelt like a variation on the 419 theme from the get go, it's asswipes like these that make the world laugh at Africa and all the nonsense these monkeys get up to, like it was said previously just dont send them and make these monkeys explain why Africa is so fucked, talk about ingratitude!

Groklaw (0)

BlackSabbath (118110) | more than 6 years ago | (#21557623)

PJ, release the hounds!

Re:Groklaw - she's ahead of you. (1)

maroberts (15852) | more than 6 years ago | (#21558385)

She already has cried 'Havoc!', and let slip the dogs of war [groklaw.net] .

I would include some sort of reference to enjoying Shakespeare in the original Klingon here, but gotta go.

Link has no info on the technique (4, Insightful)

KillerCow (213458) | more than 6 years ago | (#21557633)

The link to "uses a keyboard programming technique developed in 1996" links to the TFA, which says no more about it than the link text. If you're going to title a link as that, then it should lead to the technique in question...

Re:Link has no info on the technique (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21557707)

FYI, that's what we call a citation.

Of course! (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21557635)

If someone is violating your PATENT, the first thing you should do is file a COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT lawsuit! Makes perfect sense!

Re:Of course! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21557805)

Guess what, Mr. Sunshine!

You will get divorced from your "Godly" woman.

You will get depressed, because after the divorce, you will realize that life is indeed nothing but pain and death.

You will commit suicide, because death is preferable to pain.

Stuff those truths into your happy little "oh my beast-like fiancee is amaaaaaaazing" pipe and suck on it. That will "do some good".

Is this the lawsuit application? (1, Funny)

arivanov (12034) | more than 6 years ago | (#21557849)

THE DESK OF THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA.
PROF.CHARLES SOLUDO

ATTN: LEV,

                        YOUR IMMEDIATE CONTRACT PAYMENT #:MAV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/009

From the records of outstanding contractors due for payment with the Federal government of Nigeria your name and company was discovered as next on The list of the outstanding contractors who have not received their payments.

I wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and will be Released to you as soon as you respond to this letter. Also note that from my Record in my file your outstanding contract payment is US$23.5 million dollars(twenty three million five hundred dollars).

Please re-confirm to me if this is inline with what you have in your Record and also re-confirm to me the followings

1) Your full name.
2) Phone, fax and mobile #.
3) Company name, position and address.
4) Profession, age and marital status.

As soon as this informations are received, your payment will be made to you in a certified bank draft from central bank of Nigeria and a copy will be given to you for you to take to your bank and confirm it.

You must call me on my direct number as soon as you receive this letter for a serious discussion with me and also get back to me immediately with the private e-mail(draftpaymentoffice@myway.com)

Regards and Stay Bless,

PROF CHARLES SOLUDO.

Executive Governor, Central Bank Of Nigeria.

Re:Is this the lawsuit application? (0, Offtopic)

pipatron (966506) | more than 6 years ago | (#21557931)

Hmmm, this was new to me! Did you write it yourself? Never got any of those! I always get the dead businessman/former(president|king)/husband thing.

Re:Is this the lawsuit application? (2, Funny)

arivanov (12034) | more than 6 years ago | (#21557963)

Nope, it is an original.

I keep a stock of those for AntiSPAM testing and this one ended up being on the top of the folder. It is a fairly unusual sample which I have kept for testing since 2001.

Want me to sell it to you? Bargain basement price with the headers and mail system logs? Unique example of early 21st century Nigerian literature. Good bargain all around :-)

Re:Is this the lawsuit application? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21558879)

Why... yes, yes it is.

How did you know?

P.S. I'm still awaiting the transfer.

Re:Is this the lawsuit application? (0, Offtopic)

Rick17JJ (744063) | more than 6 years ago | (#21558903)

I receive quite a few Nigerian email messages every month, I must be on their mailing list. There is actually an online Museum of Nigerian Scam Letters with almost 5,000 examples. Perhaps I should submit a few more examples to their museum. The website classifies those as an "advance fee fraud."

Nigeriam 4-1-9 Scam Lettery Exhibit [quatloos.com]

Re:Of course! (1)

Bodrius (191265) | more than 6 years ago | (#21557999)

This should be funny enough without distorting the facts.

It seems you are establishing an undue connection between two separate statements.
From the linked articles, this is the sequence of events as I understand them:

1) LANCOR files a patent infringement suit against OLPC in NIGERIA.
2) Negroponte claims the lawsuit is without merit.
3) LANCOR (obviously) responds it is valid and all your base are belong to us, AND
4) They plan to file a SEPARATE copyright infrimengement lawsuit in a U.S. court.

Presumably, that would be because they do not have a claim to an US-based patent (if their patent was filed only in Nigeria), but they think they have a valid copyright claim, since copyright is both implicit and more broadly supported by international treaties (from what limited data I've read).

Re:Of course! (3, Insightful)

Rocketship Underpant (804162) | more than 6 years ago | (#21558023)

It still makes absolutely no sense. The OLPC is not a song or book or creative work of any type, so I fail to see how copyright can possibly be applicable.

Besides, the wording of the article links the patent claim to the supposed copyright-infringement suit. As the grandparent poster points out, this makes no sense.

You know what he'll do, of course... (2, Funny)

jimicus (737525) | more than 6 years ago | (#21558273)

Oyegbola Lawyer: Ladies and gentlemen of this supposed jury, OLPC's attorney would certainly want you to believe that his work is based on something developed over ten years ago. And they make a good case. Hell, I almost felt pity myself! But, ladies and gentlemen of this supposed jury, I have one final thing I want you to consider. Ladies and gentlemen, this is Chewbacca. Chewbacca is a Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk. But Chewbacca lives on the planet Endor. Now think about it; that does not make sense!

OLPC Lawyer: Damn it!

OLPC: What?

OLPC Lawyer: He's using the Chewbacca defense!

Oyegbola Lawyer: Why would a Wookiee, an eight-foot tall Wookiee, want to live on Endor, with a bunch of two-foot tall Ewoks? That does not make sense! But more important, you have to ask yourself: What does this have to do with this case? Nothing. Ladies and gentlemen, it has nothing to do with this case! It does not make sense! Look at me. I'm a lawyer defending a copyright case, and I'm talkin' about Chewbacca! Does that make sense? Ladies and gentlemen, I am not making any sense! None of this makes sense! And so you have to remember, when you're in that jury room deliberatin' and conjugatin' the Emancipation Proclamation, [approaches and softens] does it make sense? No! Ladies and gentlemen of this supposed jury, it does not make sense! If Chewbacca lives on Endor, you must acquit! The defense rests.

Re:Of course! (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 6 years ago | (#21559205)

The OLPC is not a song or book or creative work of any type
Unless the "Sugar" operating system is a computer program, the keyboard firmware is a computer program, and computer programs are literary works.

Re:Of course! (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560467)

Right, but in that case they would have to prove that they owned the code for the firmware and that it was used without appropriate permission. I don't think that they could prove that.

Re:Of course! (1)

Rocketship Underpant (804162) | more than 6 years ago | (#21567473)

I don't think anyone's arguing that software was copied.

Re:Of course! (1)

Bodrius (191265) | more than 6 years ago | (#21568339)

Huh?

If they're planning to file a copyright infringement lawsuit then, by definition, they (LANCOR) are literally arguing that software was copied.

Re:Of course! (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 6 years ago | (#21574309)

If they're planning to file a copyright infringement lawsuit then, by definition, they (LANCOR) are literally arguing that software was copied.

Naaah. They don't realize it, but what LANCOR is actually literally arguing is that they don't know the difference between copyright and patent.

Next up, LANCOR cites unspecified "intellectual property" which isn't necessarily patent, copyright, or trademark but WHATEVER IT IS OLPC INFRINGED IT OMG!!!!!111one

See also SCO v. IBM [wikipedia.org]

Re:Of course! (1)

Lord Apathy (584315) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560357)

Makes perfect sense to me. This is nothing more than another greedy Nigerian scammer out to make a quick buck. Just as I thought it would be. He targeted the OLPC because its a charity without deep pockets. I thinking that he was hopeing that OLPC would cave and be willing to pay the "small" licensing fee without checking up on his patent.

What he wasn't counting on was a 100 billion geeks that where much smarter than him checking his shit for free. Nigerians are not known for their deep thoughs and stuningly excuted plans.

I don't agree with the OLPC because I think it's simply throwing good money after bad but I hope this fuck nugget gets what's coming to him.

Re:Of course! (2, Informative)

jrumney (197329) | more than 6 years ago | (#21558605)

There are circumstances where a design which may qualify for patent protection in another country qualifies only for copyright protection in the US. See Wikipedia:Industrial design rights [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Of course! (1)

Tacvek (948259) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561621)

Further, it seems that design patents may be referred to in some cases as copyrights in Nigeria. The very first page of the patent document talks about "copyright expiration", not "patent expiration". It may be that things eligible for design patents in Nigeria are NOT eligible for standard copyrights, so thus the term copyright was overloaded to include design patents as well. Or it may just be a case of Nigerian law being a bit loose with terminology.

Re:Of course! (1)

TheVelvetFlamebait (986083) | more than 6 years ago | (#21559009)

Yeah, and then he can file a motion to get his case thrown out of court.

It's guys like these who critically obfuscate intellectual property law, and end up giving it a bad name.

Re:Of course! (1)

DickBreath (207180) | more than 6 years ago | (#21562889)

The copyright infringement lawsuit worked out okay for SCO didn't it? Oh wait...

Voters reject Chavez's referendum! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21557713)

thank god.

Offtopic, but still (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21558149)

I wonder what would happen if Chavez decides to cut off America? I would love to see him do this. Yes our prices would rice quickly (and so would the whole world), but it would radically alter America and cause us to move off oil.

Lagos & Fraud?? (0, Troll)

fred911 (83970) | more than 6 years ago | (#21557719)

Who woulda thunk?

Patent or copyright infringment... (1)

MikeUW (999162) | more than 6 years ago | (#21557727)

Same difference...I'm sure an American court won't get hung-up on the semantics.

Re:Patent or copyright infringment... (1)

djfake (977121) | more than 6 years ago | (#21558901)

you mean, like, not reading what the lawsuit says?

He said / He said (1)

murderlegendre (776042) | more than 6 years ago | (#21557737)

"Negroponte said.."

"Oyegbola said.."

Where's the hard news, here? This just has a tattle-tale, tabloid feel to it. Who greenlit the story?

Re:He said / He said (1)

wizardforce (1005805) | more than 6 years ago | (#21557797)

google the story, there are tons of tech sites reporting on it, slashdot's just one of the later incarnations of it.

Who greenlit the story?
apparently enough slashdotters to get it off the firehose and on to the front page I suppose. which reminds me, a lot of those tech stories about this are a week old- why did this need to get on slashdot when it has already been beaten to death elsewhere?

Is the US the right venue to litigate this patent? (4, Funny)

randomiam (514027) | more than 6 years ago | (#21557763)

I get that a US patent can be litigated in any district the alleged infringer trades in (thus the reason for the eastern district of Texas). But a patent from Nigeria? Shouldn't this be tried, um, in Nigeria or the WTC?

Nigeria Registered Design Patent # RD8489

Design patents are dumb. If you're gonna run a scam, why not go whole hog and assert a utility patent?

Also, Nigeria has a Patent Office? (I can see it now: "A method and device to facilitate the international transfer of funds from internet enabled persons")

ria

Re:Is the US the right venue to litigate this pate (4, Funny)

RuBLed (995686) | more than 6 years ago | (#21557787)

Also, Nigeria has a Patent Office? (I can see it now: "A method and device to facilitate the international transfer of funds from internet enabled persons")

Wow, with that patent, they could sue RIAA while they're at it...

(although I could still be dreaming, did I wake up this morning?)

Yes (2, Funny)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 6 years ago | (#21558215)

Also, Nigeria has a Patent Office? In fact I got an email from them asking me for bank details so they could transfer $7,000,000 in unclaimed royalties. Ooops... I wasn't supposed to tell anyone.

Heck no. (1)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 6 years ago | (#21558169)

If he was smart, he would try it in Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, China, or Pakastan.

Re:Is the US the right venue to litigate this pate (2, Funny)

ajs318 (655362) | more than 6 years ago | (#21559041)

If you want to patent something illegal, it's always best actually to patent having the illegal thing done to you, so the victim (rather than the perpetrator) is liable for royalties. For example, "method for avoiding potentially-fatal wounding and equitably distributing wealth by giving or loaning a mobile telephone and a debit card, and disclosing the Personal Identification Number associated with the latter" rather than "Method for carrying out PINpoint robbery". After all, villains usually get away -- but victims usually tell the police everything that happened to them. And a constable's notes can be subpoenaed in another court if they contain evidence relevant to the case.

Re:Is the US the right venue to litigate this pate (1)

randomiam (514027) | more than 6 years ago | (#21559747)

Is that you, Kevin Spacey?

Seriously, have you considered being evil for a living?

Boston? What the hell?..... (1)

Anachragnome (1008495) | more than 6 years ago | (#21557785)

Well, that explains why I never got my 47 million dollars. I guess he was trying to put it in the wrong bank.....I don't live anywhere near Boston. I was quite specific when I returned his email.

Re:Boston? What the hell?..... (0, Redundant)

Rick17JJ (744063) | more than 6 years ago | (#21558479)

I get one of those Nigerian email messages every few days, I must be on their mailing lists. Typically, some dead person has abandoned millions of dollars in some bank in Nigeria and they want me to open an account, in my name in this country, for them to transfer the millions of dollars into. I would get to keep a certain percentage of the money for helping them with their abandoned money problem.

About half of those messages that I receive say they are from Nigeria. A few years ago, I read a Readers Digest article about Nigerian email scam messages. It said the messages claiming to be from other parts of Africa also actually usually come from Nigeria. According to the article, they send the Nigerians money to cover a few fees and other expenses, but they never receive their millions of dollars or hear from the Nigerians again. Is there anything they do in Nigeria besides emailing people about their latest scam?

Looking through my most recent email, I see one such example that is from Dr. Mrs. Kete Obi of NNPC-LAGOS,NIGERIA. She says that if I provide them with a foreign bank account, she and her colleagues will send me 28 Million dollars and that I will get to keep 30%.

Another recent email message was from both DR.Shamsudeem Usman,HONOURABLE honorable minister of finance and chief Ode Ojowo, economic advisor to the president. They have some unspecified amount of money that they want to quckly transfer to me from the Zenith bank of Nigeria. It is a limited time offer, where I need to reply within 48 hours before Dr. Mrs. Janet White and some other persons get the money.

Unfortunately... (3, Funny)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 6 years ago | (#21557799)

Oyegbola insists his Nigerian patent is legitimate and said he plans to file a copyright-infringement lawsuit against OLPC in an American court.

Unfortunately, the bank has temporarily frozen his bank accounts, but if someone could send him $5000 to cover the fees and fines...

[I couldn't resist.]

It was a DESIGN patent! (3, Insightful)

wvmarle (1070040) | more than 6 years ago | (#21557819)

What most people seem to forget about, we're here talking about a design patent. Now IANAL, however I have learned a little (really a little) about patents.

There are a few issues here, that do not make sense. This is about a Nigerian patent, and patents are regional. A Nigerian patent is not valid in the US and the other way around. Within each country one has to apply for a separate patent. I wonder how they think they can sue over a Nigerian patent in a US court. They should sue in a Nigerian court instead.

Furthermore as it is a Nigerian patent, it will not influence the alleged patented product sold outside of Nigeria. Again, US courts do not come into the picture.

And then it is a design patent. This is not an invention as such, and quite close to copyright. I have to say I forgot how a design patent works exactly, but if it looks different, even though it works following the same technical principle, then it is no problem. Machines are typical objects that are patented for design.

This whole story sounds like a big mess of FUD to me, from someone who has done presumably great work to develop some input method for the Nigerian language, and now tries to cash in on that via dubious methods. I really hope the OLPC team is not held up too much by this, and that if there is a court case filed, that the courts simply do not accept it.

Re:It was a DESIGN patent! (1)

gilesjuk (604902) | more than 6 years ago | (#21558515)

I can see their plan, prevent OLPC sales in Nigeria. Then produce a clone of it to sell there, the OS is open source so will be available.

I personally would say "sod you all" and not sell it in Nigeria. I'm sure the political pressure on the company suing would soon lead them to cave in.

Re:It was a DESIGN patent! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21558733)

You really think Nigerians are capable of producing anything?

Re:It was a DESIGN patent! (2, Informative)

Rick17JJ (744063) | more than 6 years ago | (#21558745)

A Groklaw article also says that it is just a design patent, which registers how it looks, not how it works. She says that "it turns out it's not a patent in the usual sense. It's a design registration." Her article, also says that the copyright on the design appears to have expired. Here is the link:

The Nigerian OLPC Dispute - How Does It Look [groklaw.net]

Oyegbola insists his Nigerian patent is legitimate (1)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 6 years ago | (#21557859)

Well fuck why didn't he say so sooner!? I'll file it on his behalf for a small upfront fee....

Good for Him (1)

DynaSoar (714234) | more than 6 years ago | (#21557871)

"Oyegbola insists his Nigerian patent is legitimate and said he plans to file a copyright-infringement lawsuit against OLPC in an American court."

I hope he does too. If he can't tell the difference between a patent and copyright he needs to have his time and money wasted by coming over here and getting his case thrown out for being too stupid.

FUD just in time for the First Production Launch! (5, Interesting)

Derivin (635919) | more than 6 years ago | (#21557949)

http://radian.org/notebook/first-deployment [radian.org]
Ivan Krstic just posed from Uruguay, where the the first production deployment of the XO just happened. This is what the Globe should be reporting on, not a frivolous lawsuit!

I find it interesting that this lawsuit is happening just before the first production launch and as Peru signs a deal for 260K machines! To bad that is not being picked up by major media.

Re:FUD just in time for the First Production Launc (2, Insightful)

Pecisk (688001) | more than 6 years ago | (#21558711)

But of course, it was intended. More I read about this issue, it is well orchestrated PR shit to steal spotlight of OLPC actual release and success.

Re:FUD just in time for the First Production Launc (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21558787)

Orchestrated by whom?

I cant see Microsoft getting up to tricks like this. Maybe SCO is trying a new tactic.

Re:FUD just in time for the First Production Launc (1)

Pecisk (688001) | more than 6 years ago | (#21559669)

Why not? Microsoft is big. Someone would like to try such tactics, even to be unknown to leadership of MS.

I Invite Him to Sue (3, Funny)

Comatose51 (687974) | more than 6 years ago | (#21557985)

Sure he can sue OLPC in an American court but we should require a large sum of good faith money first sent via Western Union. And if he wins, OLPC should pay him some insane amount above the judgment using a check and ask for the difference back in cash or via Western Union.

What is it about scams? (1)

mattr (78516) | more than 6 years ago | (#21558053)

I know Nigeria has tons of really smart people but is it something about their government or educational system that warps them? Or is it prejudicial media that gives special attention to anything with the word Nigeria in it? I can't figure it. It's as if Microsoft (insert other evil corporate America name here here) and organized crime are the two organizations that have an insane ratio of dibs on Nigerian brain cells. I know there are real smart Nigerians because I've met them, but for some reason we keep seeing all these wierd "Nigerian" scams (maybe even if they aren't from there). Is life cheap there, or do people get rewarded for thinking in crafty ways that would make a lawyer blush? I remember once talking to an Indian friend (who was high up in Apple) and he told me that he treats business like a game, and that everybody back home did that. (Which might explain part of why India's so good at taking over IT maybe). I'm curious because you know, these OLPCs are meant to train kids but maybe they also could teach a common global OLPCkids attitude (you don't have to call it morality or cultural imperialism it could be just a chat etiquette even). Hopefully these kids will grow up to become world leaders and build fine businesses or paint beautiful paintings. It would be nice if communications brought us closer together and we can stop spamming each other with patent crap, drm, eulas and a thousand and one other crazy bureaucratic tricks that just multiply faster like virulent organisms when they go digital. Oh well, even Intel etc. show they just can't leave well enough alone and let OLPCs succeed without throwing in a monkey wrench. I hope this rant convinces some smart kids in nigeria to hit those guys with the next spamsuit.

Re:What is it about scams? (0, Troll)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 6 years ago | (#21558243)

I know Nigeria has tons of really smart people

I am not sure that James D Watson would agree with that [wikipedia.org]

Re:What is it about scams? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21558445)

I am not sure what your agenda is (other than the transparent one), but race and nationality are not the same.

What are you saying? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21558909)

That there may be some intelligent white Nigerians?

Re:What is it about scams? (1)

mattr (78516) | more than 6 years ago | (#21612559)

WHAT!?!?!?

Why the hell are bringing some racist into the story? Maybe he was smart enough to discover the helix once upon a time but I don't listen to that kind of crap anymore, sorry.

I think actually the Nigerians probably are more advanced because the scam mentality is very familiar from say growing up in New Jersey I mean the saying "That's such a scam" etc. is totally American. Maybe human even. Possibly people in other countries are less exposed to the net, or have the luxury of less visible scams, or they are offline like most used car dealers. But spammers are tricky enough to apply the same thinking to millions of people at once. This is the classic web marketing crap you see all over the net but taken to a slightly more vicious level I think. That's why I thought Nigeria must have a wierd mix of smart people, maybe corrupt government (I know nothing about it actually), very high access to the Net, and maybe they also either hate the West or make spamming it the national sport or something. I mean if I grew up there it might be really hilarious to that too, who knows.

Anyway I am NOT talking about race at all. If anything the Nigerians are very likely much smarter than the U.S. since while I know next to nothing about them at least they don't actually work to make their lives a Bushian "shades of World War III" where they are hated by the world, targeted by a holy war, etc. Probably if the continent just got some decent Internet access, water, and fuel, and less genocidal maniacs in charge they could do great things. I'm just wondering why nobody else seems to have picked up on Internet scams as a funny way (to them) to bootstrap the economy or whatever it does. Actually I don't think I've received more than one all caps Nigerian-style scam (don't know where from) this year so I assume those people all graduated from the doh skool of scamming and now hire botnets from teenagers in Russia or somewhere. Seriously.

Re:What is it about scams? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21558397)

I believe it has something to do with how the law works there. Not entirely certain however.

Why not get the view from the other side? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21558085)

...and write Mr. Oyegbola directly: mailto:oyegbola@konyin.com [mailto]

Nigerian version of SCO scam (1)

slashdotmsiriv (922939) | more than 6 years ago | (#21558127)

I would not be surprised if Microsoft and Intel buy loyalties of the said "patent" from Mr Oyegbola .

RIAA should know this (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21558139)

...because I think Mr. Oyegbola deserves a lawsuit of his own. Let's use evil to fight evil!

Dear RIAA, if you go to this link, Mr. Oyegbola is offering an MP3 of Lamont Dozier's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamont_Dozier [wikipedia.org] music out of his family's website without any royalties involved: http://www.oyegbola.com/Music/LamontDozier.mp3 [oyegbola.com]

Note, also that you can serve your summons to: Ade G. Oyegbola, 1 Timber Lane, Natick, MA 01760

Need to watch those logical fallacies, folks (5, Informative)

lunchlady55 (471982) | more than 6 years ago | (#21558201)

"The Boston Globe has up an article about LANCOR's lawsuit over the design of the OLPC's keyboard. 'Negroponte said the lawsuit is without merit, because OLPC uses a keyboard programming technique developed in 1996, long before the Nigerian patent was filed. The founder of Lagos Analysis Corp., Ade Oyegbola, was convicted of bank fraud in Boston in 1990 and served a year in prison. Oyegbola insists his Nigerian patent is legitimate and said he plans to file a copyright-infringement lawsuit against OLPC in an American court.'" From wikipedia on argumentum ad hominem: "...consists of replying to an argument or factual claim by attacking or appealing to a characteristic or belief of the person making the argument or claim, rather than by addressing the substance of the argument or producing evidence against the claim. The process of proving or disproving the claim is thereby subverted, and the argumentum ad hominem works to change the subject." o wait, this is t3h int3rtub35 wh4t wuz i thinkin.... logic is t3h 5ux0r5.

But since all we have is the "threat" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21558799)

we really need to know whether this person would likely be telling the truth.

I mean, if you knew your local car salesman was previously convicted of auto theft and fraud charges, would YOU buy a used car from them? Or would you decide that would be a logical fallacy and purchase anyway?

Re:Need to watch those logical fallacies, folks (3, Informative)

FroBugg (24957) | more than 6 years ago | (#21558813)

This is more than an ad hominem attack. If the news story had uncovered that he was a sex offender or had been convicted for stealing a car, that would be a pure personal attack. This is proof that the individual has conducted fraud in the past, and the article also presents evidence by the OLPC people that this may be another case of fraud.

Re:Need to watch those logical fallacies, folks (1)

Just Some Guy (3352) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560263)

You beat me to it. It's not an ad hominem attack, it's presentation of a relevant track record.

Re:Need to watch those logical fallacies, folks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21559131)

You give the average person including slashdotters too much credit.

People who hate and love will use whatever justification and weapon they can to support their beliefs.

Re:Need to watch those logical fallacies, folks (1)

hxnwix (652290) | more than 6 years ago | (#21562151)

o wait, this is t3h int3rtub35 wh4t wuz i thinkin.... logic is t3h 5ux0r5.
Mr. Leet, the submitter did not say that we ought to be skeptical of the distinguished Nigerian gentleman because he smells bad and his mother eats beef jerky. No. In fact, the submitter included a directly relevant assertion: this gentleman, who asks us to take him at his word, was convicted of fraud in a trial by his peers. He spent a year in jail. For lying to people so that he could take their money. His new outlandish claims to own the world and all the money in it, therefore, ever so legitimate though they may be, are to be viewed with caution.

I hope I've been able to put the concept of "ad hominem attacks" in better context for you, Mr. Elite.

What a jerk. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21558591)

So he's tryin to sue a non-profit organisation over a stupid keyboard patent?
What does he try to accomplish with this, they don't have any money to burn.

Besides, I've seen the OLPC keyboard and it looks like any other keyboard (although it's really hard to use with adult fingers), so what is this all about?

Intel/MS FUD ? (1)

Zoxed (676559) | more than 6 years ago | (#21558873)

Call me paranoid but to me this whole thing sounds like simple Intel and/or Microsoft anti-OLPC FUD ala SCO vs Linux/UNIX etc. Expect more to follow :-(

Re:Intel/MS FUD ? (1)

inaneframe (971456) | more than 6 years ago | (#21563837)

O/T

SCO vs GNU/Linux is more accurate, even though it isn't.

SCO claimed ownership of UNIX "intellectual property" which, they claimed, was infringed by the GNU/Linux system.

What a Cunt (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21559303)

A charitable organisation is being sued by a fraudster.

We know who this cunt is and where they are.

In certain parts of the world this cunt would receive a right bollocking for such an act of bastardry.

If you're in the area, you know what to do...

Conviction goes to weight not merits (1)

cenonce (597067) | more than 6 years ago | (#21559583)

So what? His convictions for bank fraud are not (likely) some smoking gun in the patent case.

The conviction goes to the weight of his own testimony, not the merits of his case. Generally, convictions of criminal activity are only admissible if the convictions serve some probative value in the current case. If he obtained his patent lawfully, his conviction for bank fraud is not relevant to the case and can't be admitted to show that, since he committed bank fraud, he must be committing patent fraud.

In my state jurisdiction (PA), however, crimen falsi crimes (i.e., crimes of dishonesty) are admissible for purposes of impeaching a witnesses credibility. He won't be in state court though, he'll be in Federal court and FRE 608 and 609 will apply [cornell.edu] .

419 (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21559631)

Attn: American OLPC,

I receive your mail of today,I understand that you are still alive that is why the reason why I wrote you a mail to know wether you still alive,this transaction is real and not fake,if other people are telling you that is fake don't mind them,they don't want your progress in this transaction.

What is annoying you did i collected any money from you what i need from you is only your phone number and your address,this money is a big money if you don't know I don't need your account to transfer this money only what you require for you to contact the paying bank. I can bring a lawsuit for Patent Infringement in Texas against OLPC if they are not complying with the terms of transaction. Based on keyboard-programming and layout.

You behavour towards this transaction is not proper I must tell you the truth if you know God you shouldn't have call me a mother fucker in your mail.

Thank you and remain bless.

Ade Oyegbola

Suing a charity for software patents? (1)

MichailS (923773) | more than 6 years ago | (#21559685)

A million indignant geeks shake their fists in anger in their parents' basement.

I suggest an iron pipe, brought to the offenders' kneecaps, rapidly, repeatedly.

No good deed... (1)

Organic Brain Damage (863655) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560249)

...ever goes unpunished.

If everyone has computers and knowledge, how will anyone in the existing power structure be able to feel good about themselves ever again?

Only a question of time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21560733)

The only thing I'm astonished about is the time it took the nigerian scammers to take up this wonderful extortion-tool named "patent-system".

Because that's what patents are in principle: means of extortion.

Reminds me of the guy (1)

JohnnyGTO (102952) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561281)

who tried to take down Mambo over "copywrited" three column code. Worlds full of snakes.

Dear Sir or Mam, (2, Funny)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 6 years ago | (#21562663)

My name is Ade Oyegbola and I'm a wealthy buisnessman and criminal.

Please send me your bank account information.

How odd (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21565261)

I for one am surprised to find an Non-American African American with a conviction for fraud. It is, after all, generally a prerequiste for committing white-collar crime that the perpetrator be at least passably literate.

Globe Article (2, Informative)

earlymon (1116185) | more than 6 years ago | (#21566407)

Maybe it's just me, but it seems like the parent didn't have this link. It seems to clarify Oyegbola's position, which are not those I'd have believed from reading previous comments alone. (Hey - it was such a bad day, I tried to RTFM, couldn't, and tracked it down. So, I'm not ragging on anyone for their comments, I'm just saying about how I things came across, today.)

http://www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2007/11/28/laptops_for_kids_group_sued_over_keyboard_design/ [boston.com]

Anyway, it's an interesting article. I'd be curious about how much of it is actually true, but it is interesting.

classic opening for a nigerian fee scam... (1)

wagadog (545179) | more than 6 years ago | (#21568295)

didn't I already receive one of these?

DEAR MRS. OLPC

I AM A FORMER PATENT OFFICIAL FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA, AFRICA. A NIGERIAN COMPANY LAGOS ANALYTICS CORP MY OWN A PATENT ON TECHNOLOGY YOU HAVE RECENTLY INCORPORATE ON YOUR PC DEVIICE. BUT I CAN HELP YOU AVOID ANY DIFFICULTY WITH LAGOS ANALYTICS CORP IF WE BECOME FRIENDS.

PLEASE, I PRAY YOU WILL REPLY.

MR AYO OYEGBOLA

someone!!! Update my spam filter puh-leeze!

now i have an interesting story to tell. that was originally the end of the post. however, because there were so many caps (it's characteristic of nigerian fee scam letters to be in all caps, it was done for effect) it was auto-rejected by a bot. which is probably why nobody has taken this obvious cheap shot yet. however, I'm hoping if i include enough lowercase text it will balance it out and get this gross piece of purple buffoonery past the auto-bot copy editor, perhaps -- perhaps this will make it through. sigh. here goes.

Yeah, I know the uppercase bot (1)

cheros (223479) | more than 6 years ago | (#21573987)

It's seriously annoying, another side effect of trying to keep the idiots out. Maybe the thing should disable after you've been around for a while, how the hell are you going discuss things like EULAs otherwise?

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