Difficult for a farm boy like me
Posted May 4, 2005 22:21 UTC (Wed) by ccyoung
Parent article: Software, reverse engineering and the law
I'm having real difficulty. When "software patents" and "EULA's" are being talked about, this is coming close to how "extortion" and "blackmail" were explained to me when I was a young man.
This reminds me of the Middle Ages when commerce began to die in part because each rich duke along the roadway or canal wanted his cut.
To patent a protocol or interface is nuts. It's anti-capitalism. It's simply a means to block innovation and commerce, or make it illegal. It's much more difficult than prohabition because more police chiefs like to drink more than program. But like prohatition it's forcing whole generations into breaking the law just to have a little fun. Give me a break.
Personally, I do my programming in Thailand. Paying off a corrupt cop there is literally pennies compared to paying off unnamed corporations here. And my sites are hosted in that wonderful hippy country call elsewhere.
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