Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Jul 2011 17:09 UTC
Google For the first time, Google has opened its mouth against the patent trolling by Apple (and by proxy, Microsoft) against Android manufacturers. By way of Eric Schmidt, Google's chairman, the company took stand against the legal actions, and stated they aren't too worried. If need be, Google will ensure HTC doesn't lose the patent case against Apple.
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RE[2]: How can this be fixed?
by cranfordio on Tue 19th Jul 2011 20:13 UTC in reply to "RE: How can this be fixed?"
cranfordio
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I guess this is where I get confused. If software is only covered under copyright than how does it protect the investment made into developing the software? One could easily reverse engineer the software then change the code (variable names, language, interface, etc.) and then just release the software as their own. It seems that it would be hard to prove that they reverse engineered your software and then rewrote it, and since the code would then visually be different it wouldn't violate copyright.

Lets say I developed software that could take the genome of two people and determine any health issues their offspring could potentially encounter. Lets say I spent 100,000 man hours developing this software at a cost of $50/hour. So now I have spent $5 million on this software and believe I could sell 100,000 copies. So I charge $100/copy for the software. Someone else comes along and reverse engineers my software and rewrites some of the code. They spend about 500 man hours doing so at the same cost so they are out only $25,000. They sell the software for $25/copy and 80,000 potential customers buy from them because it is cheaper and I am out $3 million and they have made $1.975 million.

How does copyright protect me? I can't prove they copied the software unless they outright admit it. This is a situation where I feel patents would protect my investment. So I do feel that just saying there should be no software patents is a lazy excuse.

Of course I do feel the system is broken and what I would like to see is a real solution to fixing it, I am sure someone out there has put some real thought into this.

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