Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 30th Jun 2012 19:34 UTC
Legal Yesterday, we were treated to another preliminary injunction on a product due to patent trolling. Over the past few years, some companies have resorted to patent trolling instead of competing on merit, using frivolous and obvious software and design patents to block competitors - even though this obviously shouldn't be legal. The fact that this is, in fact, legal, is baffling, and up until a few months ago, a regular topic here on OSNews. At some point - I stopped reporting on the matter. The reason for this is simple: I realised that intellectual property law exists outside of regular democratic processes and is, in fact, wholly and utterly totalitarian. What's the point in reporting on something we can't change via legal means?
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Debasement of language
by Tony Swash on Sun 1st Jul 2012 15:16 UTC
Tony Swash
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2009-08-22

There is a general tendency in web discourse such has these forums to debase language. Commercial decisions about how to design a product or deliver a service to customers is 'evil'. The way companies design their products is compared to the Nazis. And no we have the debasement of the term 'totalitarian'.

Leaving aside the New World Order paranoia about the system of international trade (remember that increased international trade has freed more people from poverty, increased life expectancy, and opened up free discourse more than anything else) we now have a system described as 'totalitarian simply because Company A (who has based much of it's phone/tablet related product line on copying Company B) has been sued successfully by Company B.

Please, please develop a sense of perspective. I know you really think Android is (absurdly) somehow more free or more ethical or just plain morally superior to Apple's iOS but this sort hyperbole just demeans the language and renders rational discussion almost impossible.

Leaving aside whether Samsung have or have not copied Apple do you think that in general companies should be free to lavishly copy other companies products with no restraint? I tend to think that such radical free market ideology leads to all sorts of dubious places and that we should accept that there has to be a limit to the copying of products. Where those limits should be is a tricky question worthy of debate, but such a debate is not helped by absurd exaggeration and where terms like 'totalitarian' or 'evil' are casually thrown around.

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