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: Several Possible Solutions ...
by Alfman on Fri 15th Jul 2011 03:45 UTC in reply to "Several Possible Solutions ..."
Alfman
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2011-01-28

MacTO,

Certainly, including a working source implementation in software patent applications is a huge improvement over today's patent document mess. All patents (software or not) should be written using well established jargon and legalize should be expressly prohibited. This would bring back one of the original justifications for patents - advancing public knowledge through publication. It is a tragedy that this was lost in the first place.

I assume you'll agree with everything said so far.

However we're at a point in modern times where we have vast quantities of public knowledge in the form of the web which works better than the patent system ever did, or ever could hope to do.

Your proposal seeks to mitigate some of the harms caused by patents today, that's nice, but it does not (yet) seem to address why we should need software patents in the first place. The majority of small devs have never benefited from software patents. We don't need them, we don't want them, we cannot afford them.

Anyway I thank for contributing without resorting to inflammatory remarks. For some reason may of the other patent discussions as of late attract too much fire.

Edited 2011-07-15 03:49 UTC

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