Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Aug 2012 23:54 UTC
Legal And just like that, within a matter of days, the jury has reached a verdict in Apple vs. Samsung. The basic gist is simple: Apple's software patents are valid, and many Samsung devices infringe upon them. Apple's iPhone 3G trade dress is valid, and Samsung's Galaxy S line infringes, but other devices did not. Samsung did not infringe Apple's iPad design patent. Apple did not infringe any of Samsung's patents. Apple is awarded a little over $1 billion in damages. Competition lost today, and developers in the United States should really start to get worried - software patents got validated big time today.
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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by mistersoft on Sun 26th Aug 2012 17:07 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
mistersoft
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2011-01-05

Really disgusting. One only has to hope that one day people will be able to abolish software patents altogether, as they managed to abolish slavery

I don't think the OP was really intending any equivalence by saying the above but maybe simply hinting that both are simply completely unnecessary; 'owning' another human -barbaric and completely unnecessary.

it's also completely unnecessary having legislation in a supposedly free and civilised world allowing 'ownership' of formulae or pretty simple code that could can and will be repeatedly 'reinvented' within the minds of many successive coders but are 'enslaved' for want of a better phrase by the software patent holder.

I think shmerl's analogy was fair enough really(without over thinking it!) and that it is you over reacting or over analysing really -maybe trolling for a further reaction like mine perhaps. apologies if I've just fed you

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RE[3]: Comment by shmerl
by lucas_maximus on Mon 27th Aug 2012 08:45 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by shmerl"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

OMG.

One is computer code and while it is fine we care about it, in the bigger picture comparing to something like slavery is moronic.

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