Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th May 2010 12:40 UTC
Legal All the way back in 2007 (The Year Gilmore Girls ended), a company called IP Innovation sued Red Hat and Novell over a patent related to the concept of virtual desktops. It seems like common sense hasn't been drained entirely from the US justice system, since yesterday, the courts declared said patent invalid.
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RE[5]: Nice to see
by evangs on Tue 4th May 2010 20:31 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Nice to see"
evangs
Member since:
2005-07-07

If I build a house, can I leave it to my offspring when I die?
If I paint a picture, can I leave it to my offspring when I die?
Yet if I write a song, a book, or any one of these new fangled "intellectual property" things they should go into the public domain when I die?

Unless you're going for a complete reform of inheritance law, what you're advocating has some rather glaring discrepancies. That way, everything you own enters the public domain when you die and you can leave nothing to your heirs.

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RE[6]: Nice to see
by JLF65 on Tue 4th May 2010 21:19 in reply to "RE[5]: Nice to see"
JLF65 Member since:
2005-07-06

If I build a house, can I leave it to my offspring when I die?
If I paint a picture, can I leave it to my offspring when I die?
Yet if I write a song, a book, or any one of these new fangled "intellectual property" things they should go into the public domain when I die?

Unless you're going for a complete reform of inheritance law, what you're advocating has some rather glaring discrepancies. That way, everything you own enters the public domain when you die and you can leave nothing to your heirs.


You're making the usual incorrect comparison between tangible items of limited availability and intangible items of unlimited availability.

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RE[6]: Nice to see
by Lanadapter on Tue 4th May 2010 21:25 in reply to "RE[5]: Nice to see"
Lanadapter Member since:
2009-10-01

The difference is that it's a monopoly and not property being discussed here.

Having restrictions on whether on not you can make your own copies of (insert thing here) is unjust and should only be for very limited times, not life plus seventy years.

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