Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 31st May 2011 22:20 UTC, submitted by john
Legal Well, I have to say this: Lodsys got some balls. After Apple threatening them with legal action, Lodsys has gone on the offensive, and has proceeded to sue third party iOS application developers. While Lodsys had first given developers 21 days to negotiate an agreement, due to Apple's legal threats, the company has now moved its litigation timing to an earlier date.
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RE[3]: For or against
by JAlexoid on Wed 1st Jun 2011 15:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: For or against"
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It's not confusion at all. It's philosophy.
2+2=4 is as natural as 2+2=2.8... Though one is more abstract than the other. Numbers are the laws of nature. Even the most crazy abstract mathematical ideas came to be useful in the physical world. Two of the most abstract numbers, as a non mathematician, I can think of are the imaginary number sqrt(-1) and zero. Yet both are used in physics.

Software has copyright. Just like you said "but they are as much of an 'invention' as music, pictures, books etc.". I see patents as necessary for physical inventions, because physical inventions can be copied easily and don't have copyright. Essentially patents is a copyright on physical invention.
As for software patents level of abstraction, see my note on steam engines:

My standpoint is not of a person that is far off from these matters. I dealt with software patents quite a lot at my workplace. I always refused to write up applications myself, but I had to review patents of my peers.

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