Posted Jan 28, 2010 8:33 UTC (Thu) by nettings (subscriber, #429)
Parent article: An LCA 2010 overview
There are two assumptions I find questionable:
> The situation changes, though, when we find an effective workaround for a
> patent. That workaround essentially invalidates the patent, eliminating
> the threat.
Often, workarounds tend to be kludgy (as is anything that is added to code for other than technical reasons), and a second-rate solution at best.
> After a few episodes like that, the free software community will look
> like the "toughest, meanest kid on the block," and patent trolls will be
> inclined to leave us alone.
I don't follow. Even if $TROLL has to write off a patent due to an effective workaround, this does not constitute an effective counter-weapon when it comes to other patents.
As much as I'd wish this to be true, it strikes me as overly optimistic.