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What's wrong with this picture?

What's wrong with this picture?

Posted Dec 7, 2005 19:46 UTC (Wed) by ncm (subscriber, #165)
In reply to: What's wrong with this picture? by BrucePerens
Parent article: A look at the Patent Commons Project and OIN

[Software-patent advocates] will use OIN to justify to European legislators that the software patent problem has been "solved" for Open Source.

That's worth repeating.

However, I wonder what their game is. Are they counting on there being a limited number of patent-extortion gangs, and on being offered fixed-price subscriptions? What would limit the number of gangs, or the subscription price? Or, are they counting on being able to buy into (most of) them as they pop up, so that the costs are offset?

Certainly protection against competition from small developers is (for them) worth paying monopoly rent, but what keeps the rent bounded?

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