September 5, 2000
Anti-patent demonstrators crash Amazon's French debut
Author: JT Smith
Amazon's dubious patent activities came back to haunt the company last week at the Paris launch of amazon.fr. Amazon had pushed the boat(s) out for the occasion, inviting 4,000 guests to a party on the Seine, but was faced by a small clutch of demonstrators from campaigning groups APRIL and AFUL, handing out leaflets and "free cookies, not patented by Amazon," reports The Register.