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Patents and Copyrights Jump the Shark

March 13, 2012 22:16:07.052

I think it's time to seriously consider ending copyrights and patents completely. Ask yourself - could a complete free for all be worse than what we have now?

While most of the tech world was partying at South by Southwest in Austin yesterday, Yahoo announced it was filing a lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly infringing on 10 patents from their 1,000+ patent warehouse.

As if all of that crap Yahoo claims as their work wasn't already done on some BBS system back in the early 90's. Seriously - wipe the slate clean, and just start over.

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posted by James Robertson


Re: Patents and Copyrights Jump the Shark

[anonymous] March 14, 2012 7:06:38.107

No patents? Without the possibility of exclusive control over a process you've developed, what incentive would there be to spend time and money in the research and development of that process if someone else could just copy and steal it when you were done?

Re: Patents and Copyrights Jump the Shark

[James Robertson] March 14, 2012 8:35:20.074

You miss my point. Things are so bad now that even that would be an improvement

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