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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It will never change
by howitzer86 on Fri 15th Jul 2011 21:23 UTC
howitzer86
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2008-02-27

As bad as it is, the patent system will never change in a million years.

Large companies have invested billions of dollars into it, and these same operations heavily lobby the government. They have more say in the affairs of our nation than we civilians ever will.

Things will NEVER change. The best you can do is understand the situation going in, prepare for lawsuits, and eventually pay into the system yourself (buy licenses and over time develop a patent war-chest).

Edited 2011-07-15 21:32 UTC

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