October 6, 2009

The Latest In Patent Absurdity

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October 6, 2009, 12:08 pm

In one week, Red Hat's asked the Supreme Court to do away with software patents, while Eolas prepares to sue just about everyone on the planet with "fully interactive embedded applications" on their websites. I hate that it's become harder to tell who has the most legitimate grievances.

If nothing else has become clear in the past couple of years, it's that one doesn't need to be a software radical of the Richard Stallman stripe to dislike software patents. The amount of protection they grant seems to have become inversely proportional to their capacity to be abused. They're not just two-edged swords; they're razor-edged boomerangs...

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