some interesting text here: http://comment.zdnet.co.uk/other/0,39020682,39168966,00.htm
some background information:
Makes you think... :-(
The link you posted doesn't works, try this. - Kodak Wins Java Patent Case
It doesn't just makes you think, personally, it makes me very angry.. Gosh, how to express it.. :-x :pocontent: :shake:
"Software patents will destroy the industry in the US," wrote Jones on Sunday.
"The rest of the world will out-innovate US companies, because they won't be running with the patent ball-and-chain attached to their ankles, holding them back. Protect your software with copyright and trade secrets, but using patents for software inevitably blocks progress. If you must have it, rope it off severely so it doesn't hurt anyone like this. At a minimum, patents that aren't actively being used by the patent holder in any way in any product shouldn't be available as a weapon against a company actively bringing an idea to fruition and use."
Indeed, software patents WILL destroy US software industry, not only free open source software industry, but the proprietary software industry, if they continue.
And if EU embraces the same hell, it will start to shrink too..
Well done allmighty people, well done, you sure know how to destroy, all that matters is that your stupid power is in you bloody hands!!! :-x
It's ourageus... we, the advocates of the free software movement should ATTACK it like never before, by all constructive means neccesery, use the media, use the freedom of speech and inform the world, both technical and non-technical of the disaster that's about to be caused by software evil patents.
Sorry for the drama, but isn't it truly dramatical already, without me raising the voices?!?
That's not the same link, let me try again...
Whoops..:-) Well, i still stand behind all that i said above, and it's all related.
All that just simply plainly and almost "stupidly" proves how software patents just bring more harm than good.
it will just sparkle the neverending wars between the big guys, not races for achievements and advancing the technology, but the wars for greater powers, who owns this or that, who has right and who doesn't...
And all that while the technology stands on a solid point, now growth, no real innovation... human stupidity at the highest level!
The sarcastic question: Are they really THAT stupid not to realize that it's not only bad for the whole society they are so much not caring about, but bad for themselves also, or they are simply so only self-aware power hungry bastards doing it all on purpose.
Yeah, i am getting angry again, i can't help it.. and everybody has the right to be angry.. the technology anybody on this planet has is not theirs, your, mine or anybody elses as every innovation is based on the knowledge of others. Whatever you know today you gathered from the society, thus you should give it back, it's not yours. American technology IS worlds technology, not american, this site, libervis.com and the content that i produce on it, images, everything, is not mine, it's ours..
My knowledge is not mine, it's our knowledge. When would the world understand that and live by it, for the sake of us all???
It is not bad for themselves. In fact they all are getting pretty rich.
But of course it IS bad for their karma :-) .
Heh.. what i meant was that by adopting software patents they are destroying the very market they are in... it doesn't sounds to me like it's a very good thing for them..
Software patents lead to chaos, many companies might end up owing millions of dollars for infringements instead of earning a steady profit the right way. Some companies may simply vanish, and all that because they adopted this dirty "who owns what" game.
Indeed, free software and open source companies are affected too, but they are at least fighting the plague, not adopting it.
So yes, some might get out lucky just to be beaten in some next software patent fight, and some suffer great consequences at once..while it doesn't have to be so.
And there is also this true logic: When spoofing innovation and advancements like this, they are in the end doing harm to the whole society, not just "others". Every person on this planet is affected by that, including business entities.
Well, of course that the world is ruled by Greedy Capitalistic Ones (didn't want to say Pigs, it sounds rather offensive). Good people with conscience cannot win struggle for power (ie elections), because they cannot play fair (and win fair) in an unfair competition :shake: and because they usually have less money and less support from big, rich companies from which all the power really comes from.
And when the GCOs (or GCPs if you like, :-) ) rule, they do everything they can to get their companies more money, and it is obvious that patenting something that is not naturally patentable and then "selling" it through sueing is a great way of making money, money, money...
I agree that they are somehow blind (stupid if you like) because it seems that they don't look too far into future and don't see that software patents will eventually turn into a big dangerous monster that eats software companies and picks teeth with programmers.
It seems to me that the world is going to hell, and I don't know if it is possible to stop it, but we can try, yes? :yes:
Even when you'd know that it's gonna end badly you should still fight for good because then, you're at least on the right side preserving so much good that has left.
However, free software movement is a strong one no matter what, therefore it's not so certain that software patents will win and indeed, we should try and try to stop it, fight for the good, lobby to the world for freedom for theirs own sake and ours sake, for the sake of the whole human civilisation.
Alot of worlds power lies in software industry, it is probably the most "avantguard" industry in existence. Fighting for good and freedom in that industry is therefore a great cause affecting the whole society.