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29 March 2012 @ 12:20 pm
Because we don't know how to deal with intellectual property  
Patent law will take little girl's voice away

Thanx to andrewducker
dd-bdd_b on March 29th, 2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
There's darned little information on the IP issues in that article.

It does sound like a couple of dinosaurs are about to get rolled over by general-purpose devices, and are trying to use IP law to hold back progress, though. But with absolutely no details about the patents, hard to have a meaningful opinion.

Remember that the ability to patent stuff, to protect original IP, is what makes investors willing to provide money for some kinds of product development work that would otherwise not be worth funding (since anybody could then profit from the results). Possibly this one patent is a bad patent; there are certainly loads of pretty bad patents there (hugely in software, the field I know best).