Glad we agree in the end...
Posted Jul 8, 2009 1:26 UTC (Wed) by khim
In reply to: Volume vs monopoly? Does not work...
Parent article: Ogg codecs dropped from HTML5
Would things develop down a different path? Sure.
And this was my initial point. Please read again the statement I objected to again. I
never said world is better for software patents. I never said innovations
induced by software patents system are worth it. I just said software
patents encourage innovations but they discourage adoption - and you never
convincingly disproved this point.
It's called capitalism. Meaning, you have competitors. Meaning,
you cannot stay on top forever. It's no picnic, but that is how it
Yes, but this system only works if rules are not changing. If you were
offered one deal (monopoly for 20 years) and later this deal is changed
(let's abolish the software patents after 2010, for example) - it's fraud. Just like
copyright extensions were transgression of "big boys" (like Disney) against
public (when Mickey Mouse was created the reasonable expectation was that
this character will be available to everyone in 1984) - just in opposite
Of course Congress is entitledto change rules "on the fly" (otherwise
you can not ever change rules at all), but this is not something to be done
at the drop of hat. And when this change is contemplated it's good to
consider both sides of the software patents coin...
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