it will be full of lawyers and special interest groups
Posted Jan 5, 2013 23:15 UTC (Sat) by man_ls
In reply to: it will be full of lawyers and special interest groups
Parent article: The USPTO Would Like to Partner with the Software Community ... Wait. What? Really? (Groklaw)
Yes. I am sure that any of you have met people who want to "protect their ideas" because they feel they are valuable, and there is some innate entitlement as to "I thought this one out, I should be the one profiting from it". The parallel with industrial patents is too strong. And yet anyone that has some real experience with software should realize that any kind of protection beyond copyright is even immoral, since it does not even benefit the real inventors -- but only the patent trolls.
It is a hard battle to fight: we should somehow convince the general population that protecting ideas is not a good idea in itself.
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