Actually, he was offering an alternative ...
Posted Sep 18, 2006 23:39 UTC (Mon) by drag
In reply to: Actually, he was offering an alternative ...
Parent article: Prior art won't solve the software patent problem (NewsForge)
Contact your faithfull public servent from the 'House of Representatives' is the solution for us. That's specificly what these guys are for. Their purpose in life is to take up causes like this if there is enough of a grassroots movement for them.
It's a mistake to go through the judical branch of the government ala the EFF or how the this 'Prior Art' thing is going. Sure judicial activism is popular these days and it seems a nice way to enforce your opinion on others when you don't have the democratic backing of your ideas (because either if they are unpopular or most people just don't seem to care or are ignorant), but it's a mistake to go that way when you realy want to solve problems. From the court's point of view everything is 100% legal and constitutional and on the up and up. They simply can not do anything about it.
You may be able to nail a couple cases with prior art, but it's going to be about the equivelent of doing a insanity plea to get out of murder; It's used in less then 1% of murder cases and when it is it's successfull less then 1% of the time. (I beleive thats right)
Of course even if the concept (making software patents invalid via legislation) is relatively simple, doesn't mean its going to be easy...
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