Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Nov 2013 18:07 UTC
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On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider legislation aimed at reining in abusive patent litigation. But one of the bill's most important provisions, designed to make it easier to nix low-quality software patents, will be left on the cutting room floor. That provision was the victim of an aggressive lobbying campaign by patent-rich software companies such as IBM and Microsoft.

These companies also happen to have the largest lobbying corruption budgets. This is never going to change.

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RE: Hang on a second...
by saso on Wed 20th Nov 2013 23:30 UTC in reply to "Hang on a second..."
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2007-04-18

Why should it matter to the government if IBM would be forced to oppose the bill? Is IBM a senator now?

Yes, I would see how intuitively a person not familiar with US politics would think this, but since in America money equals speech (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckley_v._Valeo), political life has become so centered on campaign contributions that pretty much anything having to do with the spirit of democracy has been erased. Your surprise here is quite understandable, as anywhere else in the world people still recognize this as blatant bribery (and many in America still do as well, which is why significant amounts of money are spent on keeping this little tidbit off of the evening cable news cast).

Edited 2013-11-20 23:30 UTC

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RE[2]: Hang on a second...
by kwan_e on Thu 21st Nov 2013 01:03 in reply to "RE: Hang on a second..."
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2007-02-18

I'm not surprised that it happened. I'm surprised it was said so openly, and it is openly understood that campaign bribery is what they meant by it. I'm further surprised that there's no real backlash against politicians cowering in the face of such blatant threat and bribery.

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