Unfortunatelly this argument does not fly
Posted Jul 6, 2009 23:49 UTC (Mon) by khim
In reply to: Software patents
Parent article: Ogg codecs dropped from HTML5
I think this episode will be quoted in the future as an example
of how software patents stand in the way of progress.
But the video support can be shown as pro-patent example as well!
Patent-encumbered formats were developed faster then totally free ones -
diffirence is sizable: years, not days or months.
So this controversy is not so clear-cut as you want to show. If anything
is supports IBM's position: that some form or software patents can
good for progress, but at the same time they can slow down progress
so we need to balance the system, not destroy it totally... Software
patents do increase number of innovations creation (like any
other patents), but the do slow down rate of innovations
adoption (the same: like any other patents) and currently the score
is totally skewed to the "creation" side and it's stupid: innovations are
only useful when they are are adopted and integrated in real
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