Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Jul 2011 23:52 UTC
Legal "App developers are withdrawing their products for sale from the US versions of Apple's App Store and Google's Android Market for fear of being sued by companies which own software patents - just as a Mumbai-based company has made a wide-ranging claim against Microsoft, Apple, Google, Yahoo and a number of other companies over Twitter-style feeds, for which it claims it has applied for a patent."
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RE: Comment by Jennimc
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 16th Jul 2011 00:06 UTC in reply to "Comment by Jennimc"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Thank goodness Thom is here to preach against patents every hour. We might actually have to read tech news otherwise.


Software patents are the biggest threat to independent developers and competition today. This has just as much place in technology news - if not more so - than news stories about Microsoft's unfair practices back in the day.

You are free not to read any of this. However, your waterfall of comments seem to imply that you are actually quite interested in this subject, too.

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RE[2]: Comment by Jennimc
by kragil on Sat 16th Jul 2011 00:22 in reply to "RE: Comment by Jennimc"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Even FOSS developers are affected.

Really cool interviev with Bob Jacobson
http://twit.tv/floss117
he had to 100k+ to defend against SW patents just because he was the steward of a FOSS project and was sued.

SW patents should be considered harmful.

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RE[3]: Comment by Jennimc
by Valhalla on Sat 16th Jul 2011 17:44 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Jennimc"
Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24

Even FOSS developers are affected.

Certainly, Stallman warned about software patents back in 2002 (and likely earlier) as to how it was the biggest threat to not only open source, but all software development.

http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/stallman-patents.html

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RE[2]: Comment by Jennimc
by ozonehole on Sat 16th Jul 2011 00:38 in reply to "RE: Comment by Jennimc"
ozonehole Member since:
2006-01-07

Once again Thom, I just want to let you know how grateful I am that you are covering these patent stories. Please continue. Ignore the shills working for Microsoft and Apple who come on this site and tell you to stop exposing the rotten legal tactics of their corporate masters.

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