Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th May 2012 09:38 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless So, the new HTC phones are facing delays in the US, and they now ship with a slightly modified US-specific Android build which removes data tapping and sports an altered app associations screen to avoid Apple's patents. This is step one. Step two is companies avoiding the litigious and anti-consumer messes that are the US and German markets altogether. Clearly, IP laws are working to the benefit of the consumer and the market as a whole. Great work guys.
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RE: How "original"
by andydread on Thu 17th May 2012 11:40 UTC in reply to "How "original""
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Doing what they should have been doing in the first place, shipping products that don't infringe on someone else's patents without first licensing those patents. What a concept! Good for them.

FUCK you. If it was up to you and Apple only Apple would be allowed to write any code. The fact that you cannot sit down in front of your computer and write popular useful system code without Apple suing the shit out of you over dubious software patents that did not exist when Apple was a growing company is asinine. Patents should not exist on software. So u think apple created the idea of hyperlinking a phone # to an application? This is madness. And the fact that you advocate for this crap leaves me wondering what the fuck are you doing on a forum about operating systems. You don't give a damn about tech.

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RE[2]: How "original"
by JAlexoid on Thu 17th May 2012 12:59 in reply to "RE: How "original""
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you cannot sit down in front of your computer and write (...) code without (infringing some software, aka process, patents)

FTFY. And tone it down a bit.

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RE[2]: How "original"
by wocowboy on Fri 18th May 2012 10:57 in reply to "RE: How "original""
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Wow, did I say all of that? LOL Whether software patents are legal, necessary, or proper, or should be thrown out wholesale is a whole other topic. And for the record, I AGREE that software patents are stupid, but they exist, so until someone changes the associated laws, both people and companies must abide by those laws.

So, the fact remains, that a court found that HTC's phones infringe some of Apple's copyrights, and they should have licensed them before shipping phones to this country. That's pretty simple. They might even also infringe on other companies' patents as well, but those have not been adjudicated. Therefore, HTC could have avoided this situation by licensing the patents from anyone involved, but they decided not to and just go ahead and ship their phones, and got caught at it. I suppose if you think that banks are unethical institutions, then that makes it OK to go rob a bank instead of going into the bank and applying for a loan if you want money?

Edited 2012-05-18 11:00 UTC

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RE[3]: How "original"
by quackalist on Fri 18th May 2012 14:44 in reply to "RE[2]: How "original""
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So you think it a simple matter to figure what your widget might have infringed given the state of patent and copyright law.

It's protection racket in which you have to assume every Corp gets it's cut, with or without any merit whatsoever, and that only if the 'Law' is not being used to keep your widget out of the market altogether.

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