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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The US will suffer
by unclefester on Fri 15th Jul 2011 12:01 UTC
unclefester
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2007-01-13

Software development will simply move more quickly to other countries where software patents are invalid eg India, China, Brazil and Russia

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RE: The US will suffer
by Timii on Fri 15th Jul 2011 12:16 in reply to "The US will suffer"
Timii Member since:
2010-03-05

It's not only the development but it's also selling softwares in US. You can't sell any software in US if they think that it could violate some software patents. So don't sell anything in US and you got no problems.

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RE[2]: The US will suffer
by JAlexoid on Fri 15th Jul 2011 15:27 in reply to "RE: The US will suffer"
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2009-05-19

Or you add a disclaimer saying, that person buying the software is technically importing goods into US. And the entity that is importing goods is liable that the goods that infringe patents...

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RE[2]: The US will suffer
by unclefester on Sat 16th Jul 2011 04:47 in reply to "RE: The US will suffer"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

The US is nowhere near as important as people think. It only represents about 5% of the world's population and about 20% of the global economy.

Within 20 years the USA will just be another middle sized economic power and it's rules will be totally ignored.

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