Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Oct 2007 15:12 UTC
Legal This week's 'big' news on OSNews was about software patents. You know, those things that say you cannot stack four pixels on top of one another unless you pay money to the guy who invented four-pixel-stacks (or the guy who bought the guy who invented four-pixel-stacks). A company called IP Innovation, LLC, has sued Novell and Red Hat for infringement of the company's IP portfolio. Software patents are of course generally completely ridiculous, so I will not focus on that here. I want to focus on something else.
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by StychoKiller on Mon 15th Oct 2007 02:44 UTC
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In my movie, this patent will be found to be invalid because of prior art and the nebulousness of the patent itself. Furthermore, in my movie, the entire notion of software patents will be declared null and void and ALL software patents will be thrown out. Microsoft will be forced to shut up about this entire notion of I.P. (whatever that is!), and maybe, just maybe, start actually producing software that actually improves with each release. In the mean time, I will continue to use Linux, or whatever other OS suits my wants and needs, even if software patents are violated, raped and thrown to the side of the road and left for dead! Come on people! These aren't patents on software - they're patents on vague ideas of POTENTIAL software that could be written and might be of use to someone somewhere. Greed knows no bounds! In my movie, the Hero shoots all patent lawyers and leaves them moaning in heaps, strewn around the corporate conference table. Most people will of course violently disagree with this movie, but no one is forcing them to buy tickets to see it.

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