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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RE[2]: apple always blows it
by AdamW on Fri 26th Aug 2011 03:34 UTC in reply to "RE: apple always blows it"
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"Everyone borrows ideas, singling out Apple (or Microsoft, or anyone else) is just a waste of typing. You want to ridicule them because of their recent litigation rampage be my guest, but this whole business of "borrowing ideas" is just stupid - ideas don't matter in isolation. For every really good, unique idea there is almost always a string of failed products before someone finally hits a homerun. "

This. Exactly this. This is the real issue with software patents: everyone is standing on everyone else's shoulders _all the time_, but some of them are self-important enough to decide that their trivial step down the road everyone is travelling is Special and Awesome and Important and deserves protection.

If everyone who ever came up with some trivial step forward in software patented it, it would become utterly impossible to get anywhere, but that's just the practical issue (and sadly, we're getting quite close to that point); really it's more the sheer asshattery of 'hey, I had a neat idea, I'm gonna file a patent and sit on it!' that gets me. Anyone working in software is building on far more significant ideas that came before and were put in the public domain; it's just bad manners to claim your little innovation is somehow so significant it demands to be patented and monetized for evermore (rather than just in the context where you came up with it).

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