Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Nov 2012 15:17 UTC
Windows "As we pass the one month anniversary of the general availability of Windows 8, we are pleased to announce that to-date Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses. Tami Reller shared this news with industry and financial analysts, investors and media today at the Credit Suisse 2012 Annual Technology Conference. Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades." Not bad, but there are the usual asterisks, as Ars notes.
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lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

Her argument is flawed.

She even alludes to it, there is a shoe that has a patented heel technology or making things too complicated to copy.

Edited 2012-11-30 02:46 UTC

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I don't agree on that, I think her point is:

copyright can stall innovation.

copyright was meant to give a someone for a limited time (8 years originally) the right to copy. Not the current 75-years after the death (!) of the author.

This gives no incentice for innovation.

Actually patents also are meant to improve the rate of innovation, but we know many, many examples especially in IT where this is not working and has the opposite affect.

So in that sense copyright and patents really are kind of in the same boot.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I disagree.

I believe software patents can stifle innovation.

Copyright cannot, not in the Software Engineering industry anyway.

Also if it wasn't for Copyright many open source projects would be swallowed by large software companies and you would never see it again.

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