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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I do think they are different. But copyright being around for 75 years doesn't really affect innovation in the software industry.

Software patents do.

Copyright protects the code. Patents protect the idea.

There is nothing stopping me creating a Google Maps clone tomorrow (in fact there are many), or an iTunes clone or a Internet Explorer clone if the code is my own or I have modified code with a permissive license.

What might stop me from creating something new is a patent on "one click" payment system (amazon) or the arrangement of particular elements in a user interface.

While I think that Software Patents should be allowed for software algorithms that are significantly complex or ingenious.

I think the "user zooms in using two fingers while thinking about Beyonce" patents are bad.

What is even worse is that there are a lot of people that have very polarised views on each subject.

I have no answers that would solve it this, but there has to be a balance between pragmatism and idealogy at some point.

Edited 2012-11-30 18:33 UTC

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Lennie Member since:

Actually, Google Maps is a clone from a project in Switserland :-)

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Not for nothing, but that argument only speaks to one angle of our reality and overlooks the recent uses of copyright. Unfortunately today's copyright laws have a much broader scope due to DMCA laws, which obviously do affect innovation in the software industry. Extending the copyright of DRMed works to 75 years has a chilling effect on competing platforms who want to play DRMed media but cannot do so in a legal way until the copyrights expire.

The broadcast flag is an example of a legally mandated hardware standard used to protect copyrights, but it actively interferes with independent developers from producing innovative software products and consumers from using them. Even products from big brand names like Tivo have been forced to implement flags like automatic timed program deletion. ReplayTV went bankrupt for defending it's own DVR innovations in court.

Although it's not what you were thinking, DMCA style copyrights do strangle many software innovations.

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