Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jul 2012 23:08 UTC
Google Apparently, this is a major victory of the patent system. This, this right here, this is what the patent system has come to. This is the destructive effect it's having on this once beautiful industry. Thanks to trolls like Apple and Microsoft, basic, elemental functionality is being removed from devices people already own.
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RE: No.
by phoudoin on Thu 5th Jul 2012 08:20 UTC in reply to "No."
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I own Galaxy Nexus, and I object to this. It's not Tim Cook. The patent system is broken. Blame the gov't, blame the USPTO, but don't blame Apple for using the broken system. You know people try it to them, why wouldn't they do this, as a responsible corporation?

The system is totally effed up, no doubt. But it's not Apple's fault.

My first reaction would be to disagree.
But, in fact, I agree, except for one point (see below).
Apple is actually doing *exactly* what's needed to 1) shows everyone the current patent system is broken and 2) pushing it over it limits in order to fire the post-broken-patent-system era.

While we could debate if Apple is doing it voluntary or not (my bet on the latter, though), the point that matter is what will be post-broken-patent-system era, not when or who did fire it.

Considering current trends, I'm inclined to bet on people going to take a finger-up-patent-trolls road, by sharing more and more openly how to crack the walled-garden devices they legitimately think they *own*, not rent.
And this move will push internet freedom to a new limit, that in turn will put every pro-knowledge-censorship under larger spotlight.


Back to the disagreement point: a responsible corporation, in particular one who trademark image was/is built on producing only top quality, will never resort to (ab)use a broken legal system to stay #1. Instead, per his corporate DNA, it will try to unbreak the legal system.

As we, the people, are trying to do - with our far more limited individual resources, but as we're legions, there is still no doubt on the ending.

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