Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th May 2011 16:15 UTC, submitted by john
Legal This is certainly worth a meagre +1 in my book: patent troll Lodsys has actually taken the time to answer some of the concerns on the web regarding its legal threats to several small-time iOS developers. There's some interesting stuff in there.
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Analogy is absurd
by lordepox on Mon 16th May 2011 16:32 UTC
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Their hotel analogy is absurd, and it implies that Apple owns the land (iOS) but the developer owns everything else, which is false. Apple is very clear that they maintain ownership of the iOS framework, base code, App Store, and the developer only gets to use these things, not own them. So, their claim is actually fraudulent as they plainly state that Apple licenses their technology. As a developer, I feel the legal system in the US has completely shot on all innovation, creativity, and kills the very thing democracy is supposed to be. It's no wonder that we are loosing in the technology "arms race", as our retarded politicians, most who are old enough to have owned a brand new Model T, are killing innovation by the little guy. Pattents on ideas are absurd. Patent on a physical piece of hardware yes, on ideas, no. In the land of free speech, shouldn't code be considered free speech as well, as it's written in plain "natural languages"? I invite patent trolls to sue me, you'll die a slow an painful death.

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RE: Analogy is absurd - vote
by jabbotts on Mon 16th May 2011 18:30 in reply to "Analogy is absurd"
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Vote better politicians into office.

Maybe look for politicians from an education background instead of lawyers and CEOs. Vote for people who campaign based on there strengths rather than based on how much dirt they can sling at the competition. If the political parties don't have a viable candidate, vote no confidence rather than the lesser of the evils; make the political parties pick new candidates and start again. Consider not voting based on who has the biggest lobby group baught campaign fund and prettiest stage show.

Once the vote is counted, don't forget it for another four years; keep on your local representative's ass. Take an ongoing interest in how the country is governed and keep voting polticians back out of office until they listen to there citizens and live up to promises.

(aimed generally, not at lordepox specifically)

Admittedly, I'm a third party and don't have a say in who is voted in nor may I have all the information so take this opinion for what it's worth. I'm just tired of seeing your poorly implemented laws leak across the border when blatantly forced such as the draconian and broken copyright and patent laws the US is currently trying to have other sovereign nations implement through what clearly apears to be extortion (implement these laws or we won't trade with you anymore.. and such).

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Vote better politicians into office.

You assume that there are better politicians *running* for office.

In the U.S. it takes an exorbitant amount of money to run for a high-profile political position where you can affect these sorts of laws. It turns out, most of that money is made through corporate lobbying. As you can imagine, that is precisely the problem.

It's sort of gotten to the point where the people making and enforcing the laws are self-serving, and they don't want to fix the system. People voting for them are sheep that believe everything they hear on TV.

I believe this will eventually start shifting the other way, as communication mediums and grass roots efforts start winning the minds of these sheep, but it's a slow process.

Lawrence Lessig's "Fix Congress First" and "Rootstrikers" campaigns are very compelling and powerful statements - but things like that take time to get up to speed.

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RE: Analogy is absurd
by Almafeta on Mon 16th May 2011 23:32 in reply to "Analogy is absurd"
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It's no wonder that we are loosing in the technology "arms race", as our retarded politicians, most who are old enough to have owned a brand new Model T, are killing innovation by the little guy.

Small guy invents process. Small guy patents it. Small guy, who cannot afford the price to market it to many companies and would not be able to compete at all, sells to a company who can.

I think the reason that we are falling behinc is the fourth step, "Small guy receives threats on his life for trying to make a living on his work."

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RE[2]: Analogy is absurd
by ephracis on Tue 17th May 2011 02:02 in reply to "RE: Analogy is absurd"
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You really are upside down, huh?

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