Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 30th Jun 2012 19:34 UTC
Legal Yesterday, we were treated to another preliminary injunction on a product due to patent trolling. Over the past few years, some companies have resorted to patent trolling instead of competing on merit, using frivolous and obvious software and design patents to block competitors - even though this obviously shouldn't be legal. The fact that this is, in fact, legal, is baffling, and up until a few months ago, a regular topic here on OSNews. At some point - I stopped reporting on the matter. The reason for this is simple: I realised that intellectual property law exists outside of regular democratic processes and is, in fact, wholly and utterly totalitarian. What's the point in reporting on something we can't change via legal means?
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Undemocratic != unethical
by theosib on Sun 1st Jul 2012 16:38 UTC
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I'm not arguing in favor of adopting the alternatives, but it is knee-jerk and uneducated to make the blanket assertion that anything other than a democracy is inherently evil.

Communism and Socialism (both as much systems of economics as they are systems of governance, with communism typically having a dictatorship) are concepts that have their uses. For instance, communism is perhaps the quickest way to go from anarchy to an organized system of government. And centralized resource pooling by government is inherently socialist, but it's necessary for many functions like road building and defense.

The problem is that when these systems of government and economy are taken too far, they tend to go wrong. Communism invariably turns into totalitarianism because those in charge don't want to relinquish their power. And socialism is invariably abused by those who are unwilling to work and make their own contributions to the system.

But analogous problems exist with capitalism and democracy. For instance, in the "civilized" world, we have evolved corporations to be completely sociopathic, putting revenue ahead of everything, especially ethics. This has, in turn, corrupted our government, because it's impossible to get a seat in Congress without being financed by big corporations.

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