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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RE: Counterproductive advocacy
by TechGeek on Fri 15th Jul 2011 02:20 UTC in reply to "Counterproductive advocacy"
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As I've said in previous posts, abuse of the patent system is a problem. However, the kind of advocacy shown by posts like this is completely counter productive. For example:

"If things like a grid of icons can be patented [...]


The problem is, this is more or less completely factually incorrect. No one has a patent on a "grid of icons." It's completely counter productive to make emotional, factually incorrect statements and parade around as though thats a reason to change things. Learn to read a patent (yes, it requires being educated to learn exactly what the language used means) and accurately relate the problem with the patent. Otherwise you're just going to get tuned out as a crazy ... seriously, there is a reason why RMS is considered a poor evangelist for free software, OSNews is becoming the RMS of the anti-patent world.
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You want an example: Microsoft was granted a patent on sudo. SUDO! How many DECADES has that been in Unix like systems? 3-4? That a company can actually get a patent on that is absurd. Just like the obvious implementation of long file names in FAT. Its just an abbreviation using 2 chars. How does that qualify as innovative? The patent system is broken. Software patents are just the most obvious place it shows.

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