‘IP’ Police Line — Do Not Cross: This guy got a pre-press version of one of IBM’s books (“Mining the Talk”), and was horrified to discover this in the preface.
[…] if you want to take our methods and create your own software solution to sell as a product, while we applaud your initiative and enthusiasm, you really should first discuss this with suitable representatives from IBM business development. IBM has sole ownership of all the intellectual property described in this book, all of which is protected by U.S. patents, both granted and pending. All rights reserved, etc., etc.
So, read the book, but forget everything you read, because you can’t use it in any commercial endeavor.
The article includes a response from the book’s authors.