Discussion in 'Video Games and Technology' started by seeker311, Aug 13, 2009.
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Are you fu**ing serious
Keep in mind Microsoft sues other companies over similarly absurd software patents all the time. Take a look at how they sued TomTom for using long filenames in a FAT32 filesystem. The difference is when Microsoft sues small companies, small companies settle. When small companies sue Microsoft, Microsoft laughs... and then gets an injunction from a patent-friendly judge. Both scenarios are stupid, but Microsoft is no victim here. The idea of software patents needs to end, so we can be done with situations like this one.
I don't think it has to end, but it can't continue to exist in its current form.
Is that a "You've been BURNED" - burn or a "Die hellspawn-witch DIE!" burn?
It was a "you've been burn" but totally inappropriate because I actually agree with both parties.
Maybe I'm close minded but I just don't see a completely open-source market being effective.
I'm not suggesting to open-source everything. You can still keep your code closed, copyright it and prosecute anyone who steals the code, and not have a patent on what you're doing or your method of doing it. In other words, someone else could make a product that does the same thing as yours, provided they do not use YOUR code to do it. That's how it was for decades until it was decided that software could be patented, and it worked much better that way.
Only in Texas?
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