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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US specific?
by snowbender on Fri 15th Jul 2011 11:29 UTC
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I wonder how much this problem is US specific? If you are an independent developer based in Europe, distributing your software exclusively online from a Europe-based website, can you be targeted by a US-based company with software patents? What if you do not allow sales to American customers? Or is the patent system in Europe the same bad in the mean time?

It reminds me about all the lawsuits based on software patents between cell phone companies (HTC, Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Nokia,...). If HTC would not sell Android phones on the American market, would Microsoft still be able to attack HTC?

The problem is that America really loves to force its own views and laws onto other countries. It is pushing Europe into enforcing stricter IP laws.

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