Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jul 2011 21:16 UTC
Legal I've been sitting on this item all day. Technically, it's about patents and the like, and even I understand I've been beating this dead horse so often it almost looks like it's alive. However, this is an interesting opinion piece by Craig Hockenberry, long-time employee at The Iconfactory, one of my favourite software development houses - these guys breath software and beautiful design, and employ one of my favourite artists, David Lanham. The gist of his story? Software patents are killing the independent developer scene.
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Old-school solution
by AdamW on Fri 15th Jul 2011 00:36 UTC
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Y'know, it just occurred to me to wonder why no-one's yet tried the old-school solution to this problem. It's generally agreed that software patents are good for patent trolls, that large software companies can usually manage to come out about even if they play their cards right, but that they're pretty much death for small software companies and independent developers.

So, small software companies and independent developers complain, but never seem to get any traction because, well, they're small. Most big software companies don't say much one way or the other because they all secretly think they can win the big patent lottery by having better lawyers than the other guy.

What do you do if you're a bunch of small people trying to get your voices heard against the big people? Federate! Or, to use a word that's anathema to American ears, *unionize*! Why is there no federation of independent software developers yelling itself hoarse about this? Any one developer or small shop is a drop in the ocean, but an organization representing thousands of them might actually be able to get itself heard by the right ears.

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