Dear Miss Snark,
I've noticed this several times, so I thought I'd bring it up. A lot of
people in the comments seems to think that you can't have a plot as your
intellectual property -- only a specific work. This is not the case.
Storylines can be patented:
What does the great arbiter of all that is snarky think about such a
development? Honestly, after seing what software patents have done to the
computer world (like how Amazon patented "One Click Shopping" then started
suing their competitors to make them deliberately complicate their checkout
processes), this scares the heck out of me.
You'll notice it says 'application' for a patent.
Like lawsuits, anyone can file anything.
We'll see how it goes.
I myself am applying for a patent on the letter "I".
KY of course already holds a patent ... leather shoe of course.