Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Oct 2010 18:02 UTC, submitted by viator
Legal If you can't compete, litigate. This train of thought has been quite prevalent among major technology companies as of late, most notably by Apple and Microsoft, who both cannot compete with Android on merit, so they have to resort to patent lawsuits and FUD. Both Asustek and Acer have revealed that Microsoft plans to impose royalty fees upon the two Taiwanese hardware makers to prevent them from shipping Android and/or Chrome OS devices.
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RE[5]: Anti-competitive?
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 29th Oct 2010 20:23 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Anti-competitive?"
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Why are software patents any more absurd then hardware patents, drug patents, DNA related patents, etc?

Because software is written, in a language. It's math. It's already protected by copyright. Why are patents needed? Software patents are not patents on products - they're a patent on an idea, not an implementation.

For the very same reason, you cannot patent the concept or artificial lighting. You can, however, patent a new type of lightbulb that lasts longer and uses less electricity.

Software patents are no different than CNN patenting their report on a news event, and then suing the BBC for patent infringement because they report on the same story. If this sounds ridiculous to you, but you still support software patents, then you're a hypocrite. It's the EXACT same thing.

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