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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RE[6]: copying is anti innovation
by zima on Sat 7th Jul 2012 23:14 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: copying is anti innovation"
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Disney is one of the most evil companies this world has ever seen. Virtually their entire business is built upon stealing European public domain works and charging money for their adaptations. [...]
Disney then proceeded to push through the insane copyright terms we have today. Disney is pure, concentrated evil. Stealing European public domain works because the company has virtually zero creativity of its own. It's despicable.

Not only European, and not even necessarily public domain...

I suppose Disney thinks that the rules they themselves push don't quite apply to them.

But it's worse, since of course no big multinational can live without... (edit: ugh, OSNews comment formatting brakes it... link should go through
(and IIRC, lots of animation work is done in North Korea - not sure if that's Disney though)

Quite lengthy Wiki article, in all...
(though, in turn, some of that criticism is of course ridiculous in ~puritan ways)

Overall, what does Disney teach to children? "Pretty blue-eyed blondes always get what they want, and ugly people are evil"

Edited 2012-07-07 23:16 UTC

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