Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jul 2011 21:16 UTC
Legal I've been sitting on this item all day. Technically, it's about patents and the like, and even I understand I've been beating this dead horse so often it almost looks like it's alive. However, this is an interesting opinion piece by Craig Hockenberry, long-time employee at The Iconfactory, one of my favourite software development houses - these guys breath software and beautiful design, and employ one of my favourite artists, David Lanham. The gist of his story? Software patents are killing the independent developer scene.
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RE[2]: Ummm ...
by WorknMan on Thu 14th Jul 2011 22:14 UTC in reply to "RE: Ummm ..."
WorknMan
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The fact that this wasn't a reference to Lodsys?


Ok, so again... where are the examples of these 'little guys' getting picked on by these large companies?

It's the threat that counts. To take this way over the top - terrorism is not about killing people or making casualties. It's about scaring the crap out of your enemy.


And I think that threat is a bit misguided. When it comes to terrorism (since you made the analogy), these large companies are like major metropolitan areas, while the small indie developers are like the folks who live in the back woods of Jerkwater, USA. If you're looking for the biggest target to hit, where are you going to aim? Plus, a lot of these companies (like Apple, MS, Google, etc.) have ecosystems that require the work of developers to survive, so are you gonna start suing the very people you need on your side to help run your business?

Only thing I'm saying is that when it comes to software patents, larger companies have a lot more to worry about than smaller ones do. The guy says that large companies have no interest in changing the system, but perhaps they will call a truce when they finally get tired of being sued by each other.

Edited 2011-07-14 22:17 UTC

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RE[3]: Ummm ...
by JAlexoid on Fri 15th Jul 2011 00:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Ummm ..."
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Ok, so again... where are the examples of these 'little guys' getting picked on by these large companies?


NDA! My dear Watson. You will never hear of it.

The guy says that large companies have no interest in changing the system, but perhaps they will call a truce when they finally get tired of being sued by each other.


You are naive, if you think they are spending their own money on the lawsuits. They will not get tired, ever.

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RE[3]: Ummm ...
by macinnisrr on Fri 15th Jul 2011 17:37 in reply to "RE[2]: Ummm ..."
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2009-11-12

Really? In any case of patent abuse, both the big companies AND the patent trolls are guilty. The fact that software is IN ANY WAY patentable is atrocious. There is no reason that ideas like an icon grid should be able to be patented. I personally find it deplorable that anyone can patent a software idea, which is already covered by copyright. I, for instance, am a songwriter by trade, and as such if somebody rips off my song, I can sue them. Nonetheless, I certainly have no right to patent the idea of a song about sorrow, love, etc... Why should coders have any more right than I do? Basically we're both writers. It's not that I don't see your point (standing up for the current system), but I don't see why on earth you would defend such a reprehensible practice at all, even if you're employed by a company that benefits from it.

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