Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Mar 2013 23:16 UTC
Google This. This is what we need. These are the kind of steps from which we all benefit. Google has just announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge: the company promises not to sue any users, distributors, or developers of open source products based on the patents it owns (unless first attacked).
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RE[4]: Hyperbole
by Alfman on Fri 29th Mar 2013 14:01 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Hyperbole"
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Your exactly right about not being able to name those that never materialized due to the state of the patent system.

In the 90's I was doing video editing with consumer software and became disappointed that none of the commodity consumer products on the market offered surround sound encoding for DVDs. So I took it upon myself to see what I could do to bring it to the market myself. I was serious about going through with it until I learned about the reason that other software did not do surround sound encoding: software patents. The encoder patent license fees from Thomson, Dolby, MPEG LA, etc, added up to way more than than the price I felt consumers would bare for my software.

For me, it was the moment I acquired a strong distaste of software patents. Not everyone will experience this kind of personal revelation, but I find it incredibly insincere when anybody like the OP talk as though they don't understand how patents can be harmful.

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RE[5]: Hyperbole
by John_Smith on Fri 29th Mar 2013 14:10 in reply to "RE[4]: Hyperbole"
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Wrong thread. Sorry.

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RE[5]: Hyperbole
by novad on Fri 29th Mar 2013 14:13 in reply to "RE[4]: Hyperbole"
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Thank you for sharing your experience Alfman,

You're (With all due respect) "only" one example of how IP has negative effects on innovation.

It's very interesting to hear about those who can't align an army of lawyers to defend (or enforce) their rights. You’re already the second one (Only in this thread) that experienced that. The situation is even worse than I thought :-(

Edited 2013-03-29 14:14 UTC

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