Linked by umad on Thu 25th Aug 2011 22:51 UTC
Apple I thought OSNews would be a good forum to talk about a matter that has been weighing on my mind lately primarily because the site has been so focused on Apple's patents and litigation as of late. The news that HP, the largest PC manufacturer in the world is spinning off or getting out of this business is what really prompted me to write this article.
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Rewind a bit further in time and...
by sarobenalt on Thu 25th Aug 2011 23:36 UTC
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You'll find that Apple benefited substantially from the work of Xerox PARC. In my college days, we had one of the Xerox machines on site, and the similarities were unmistakable.

And regarding software patents, many here may remember that the US patent refused to grant patents on software - it was subject to copyright law instead. Thus there was a legal recourse for copying source code, but not for an independent clean room effort that yielded the same results.

Considering the relationship between software and mathematics, I wonder how we'd all get along if we all had to pay royalties to Newton (or Leibniz) every time we used calculus. They'd probably still have their descendants in court now...

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