Novell, buyer's remorse, and the patent threat
Posted Nov 22, 2006 10:37 UTC (Wed) by rwmj
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I'm not quite an expert in [any] law matters, but isn't it so that in order to cause patent infingement, author [of a software] must also be making profit on the work created (among other conditions)?
No. Microsoft was sued over Internet Explorer and lost
(and had to pay a considerable sum of money), even though
MS had never sold IE.
I mean, plain writing a software as an act of creativity can hardly be pu[n]ished under any law, correct?
No, plain creativity can be illegal. It's even illegal if I
write the software for my own use and never distribute it.
This is one reason why software patents are so stupid -- they
are essentially a type of "thought crime".
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