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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by lilsim89 on Sun 8th Jul 2012 23:47 UTC
lilsim89
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2009-11-30

Patents on software haven't held the industry back, which is extremely obvious given the enormous amount of new technology from both large and small tech. companies coming out every day.

Also, I can hardly think of any patents on software that most developers have to deal with, which I am. Enforcing a patent on nearly any scale except for larger companies is greatly unpractical.

If software patents didn't exist, we would be undeniably looking at a large stagnation of innovation.

For instance, some extremely useful software apparatuses are codecs. We both know how patent encombered they are, but they're so vital to growth in computing today that the investments required to make them better absolutely dictates the need for patents.

Should we expect the great number of mathematicians and developers who create these products work for free, since they would essentially make zero dollars in your software patent-free world?

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RE: Right...
by zima on Wed 11th Jul 2012 23:18 in reply to "Right..."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

And yet there are many not encumbered by patents royalty-free codecs, comparable or better than "closed" ones. Also released by largish entities (like SILK, forming part of basis for Opus codec), which somehow don't starve, make more than "zero dollars".

It's just that the codecs on which patent-holders chose to standardise are patent encumbered (duh, who would've thought they'll choose their own codecs, to exploit the system which they distort).

Sure, most software devs don't have to deal with patents - but that's not the point of concern. The issue is that patents are a quite effective stick when cartels decide to subdue some small player, from time to time.

Anyway, your opening premise doesn't follow any logic - you cannot know if the present state of the industry is most optimal (judging from history, or overall knowledge about human societies - it almost certainly isn't)

Oh, an bolding stuff makes it more believable only to yourself.

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