Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Mar 2013 23:16 UTC
Google This. This is what we need. These are the kind of steps from which we all benefit. Google has just announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge: the company promises not to sue any users, distributors, or developers of open source products based on the patents it owns (unless first attacked).
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RE[3]: Hyperbole
by Alfman on Sat 30th Mar 2013 03:50 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Hyperbole"
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Tony Swash,

"And anyway Red Hat and it's products are marginal and tiny players in the tech markets and not because they are limited by IP but because their products are low volume marginal products."

This is astonishingly ignorant of the magnitudes of small businesses in the market. Red Hat, as small as they are still have 1500 employees, which is still above the top 0.3 percentile of all companies in the US. If you disregard redhat's interests in the patent system due to their "tiny" size, you'd also have to disregard 99.7+% of other companies in existence as well. Of course, none of that matters to you right?

The numbers can be broken down by specific industries as well, for instance: software publishers, where Red Hat is above the top 4 percentile. So this implies that 96+% of software publishers don't matter in your argument because they're "marginal".

Don't let the RDF make you oblivious to the fact that the patent system affects many more people & technology companies than exist in your mind.

I made up a graph to put it into perspective.

Edit: Not all companies are negatively affected by patents, but by snobbishly brushing aside the needs of companies that are more representative of the industry, you'll end up with policy that is terribly skewed and harmful to the majority of the industry. I guess I'm naive to suppose you'd care.

Edited 2013-03-30 04:04 UTC

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