Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th May 2010 13:52 UTC, submitted by Jupiter
Legal While Eugenia has already detailed just how intricate and impressive the MPEG-LA's efforts have been to basically set up the foundations that would allow them to sue just about everyone - their vague and unclear licenses are used in everything from DVD players to digital camcorders, and as such, it's hard to avoid them. Many others claim that the MPEG-LA won't ever go rogue (or this, take your pick). I think those people will be interested to know that one of the MPEG-LA's subsidiaries, a cut-and-clear patent troll, has launched several patent infringement suits earlier this year. This patent troll's CEO? Larry Horn - yes, the same Larry Horn who's also CEO of the MPEG-LA.
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How to treat patents
by Neolander on Fri 7th May 2010 10:10 UTC
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-A patents is owned by all individuals who participated to its creation
-They can't transfer its property
-Once all of them have died, the patent is released in public domain and its ideas cannot be patented anymore

Problem solved. Why didn't we do this right the first time ?

Edited 2010-05-07 10:21 UTC

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RE: How to treat patents
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 7th May 2010 10:13 in reply to "How to treat patents"
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Problem solved. Why didn't we did this right the first time ?

Oh we did, just like copyright. It's just that once money gets involved, governments get involved. While either money or government involvement is no problem, both at the same time is an explosive mix.

Kind of like Martini and Amaretto, really.

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RE[2]: How to treat patents
by Janvl on Fri 7th May 2010 14:59 in reply to "RE: How to treat patents"
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When you mix politics and money you get corruption.
Just look at the lobbyists, financial markets etc.

Greece is only the start, we haven't learned anything from the past 400 years, but that is "off topic".

Although, . . . why not kill patent trolls, they are evil and nonhuman! Probably aliens trying to disturb our world. Let do it the french way, chop of some heads.

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