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Discussion in 'PC Forum' started by Jakeman, Mar 8, 2005.

  1. Jakeman

    Jakeman MSC Founder and Donator

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    http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20050307-4677.html

    Software patents are a good thing in principle, but they are waaaay abused. You get court cases disputing rights over segments of code that could be compared to something as fundamental as a stearing wheel on a car.

    Ars once called this trend a slow-motion train wreck in the industry. That label seems to fit quite well.

    :cry:
     
  2. cowofwar

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    I agree, it's a can of worms trying to patent software. The people trying to patent stuff always use general umbrella descriptions that basically make half the software we use liable for infringement. Most parties aren't after protection of their code, they're trying to get royalties and compensation by patenting something that should be in the public domain.

    It's bad enough trying to patent physical inventions.
     
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    Well, the EU sucks.
     
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    SpocKirk Forum Moderator and Donator

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    heyyyyy... I patented void(main)
     
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    Software patents are a stupid idea in principle. First off software patents don't equal copyright. Of course directly copying someone's work is wrong but not being able to reproduce what someone else's software does with your own code is stupid. Copyright is enough to protect someones work. Software patents will stifle competition and innovation which is the whole point to begin with.

    What it'll turn in to is a few megacorporations with huge software patent portfolios sueing anyone that tries to compete with them. What this will yield is inferior products and less(or one) choice.

    ^IMO
     
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    SpocKirk Forum Moderator and Donator

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    smack! what's up?
     
  8. cowofwar

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    Unfortunately law makers don't understand that key difference.
     
  9. Jakeman

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    As some one pointed out on another forum I post on, the problem with software patents is their length... 7 years. I can see 6 months to a year as being fair, but 7 years is way too long.
     
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    SpocKirk Forum Moderator and Donator

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    even the same company, same product will not have anything in common with the product from 7 years ago. look at MacOS or Photoshop.
     

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