Linked by Dmitrij D. Czarkoff on Fri 31st Aug 2007 08:54 UTC
Editorial This article is an answer to "Competition Is Not Good" by Kroc and reading it wouldn't be comfortable without switching to and from the original article. I wrote it just because I do strongly disagree with Kroc and I believe I can prove that he is not as close to truth as it may seem from the first glance.
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by TemporalBeing on Fri 31st Aug 2007 13:57 UTC in reply to "RE"
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Patent rights are valid for 30 years. Still, that's much more then the idea's lifecycle in IT world.

30? last I knew for the U.S. it was 14, with option to renew once - a total of 28 years if renewed.

Don't know what the rest of the world is at though.

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by ddc_ on Fri 31st Aug 2007 19:01 in reply to "RE"
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Well, 30 years is term in Russia and most of EU too, AFAIK.

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by hobgoblin on Sat 1st Sep 2007 05:29 in reply to "RE"
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28, 30, its a two year difference.

still, given todays turnaround in some tech fields, thats just insane.

its even worse when you look at copyrights.

its a say that whenever the mouse is about to go public domain, disney corp lobbies for a extended copyright law.

maybe fine for the usual creative work (writers, painters and so on) but when it comes to software, we are looking at stuff thats under copyright protection 2-3 generations after it was taken out of circulation, or cant be used any longer as the hardware it used to run on is no longer made.

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