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Author Topic: Documentary on the Absurdity of Software Patents  (Read 3077 times)

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Documentary on the Absurdity of Software Patents
« on: April 20, 2010, 02:42:15 PM »
A new online film with interviews about the absurdity of software patents, a problem which is getting worse and is way out of control..

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Patent Absurdity explores the case of software patents and the history of judicial activism that led to their rise, and the harm being done to software developers and the wider economy. The film is based on a series of interviews conducted during the Supreme Court's review of in re Bilski — a case that could have profound implications for the patenting of software. The Court's decision is due soon...



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Re: Documentary on the Absurdity of Software Patents
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2010, 05:26:08 PM »
I downloaded and played the "movie". It was just under 20 minutes long and it seemed to end very abruptly. Is this only a trailer? Or did I get a shortened download?

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Re: Documentary on the Absurdity of Software Patents
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2010, 05:46:01 PM »
28 minutes long, ends with classical music.

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Re: Documentary on the Absurdity of Software Patents
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2010, 09:41:05 PM »
28 minutes long, ends with classical music.

Aha - I'll try it again; thought something was seriously missing!

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Re: Documentary on the Absurdity of Software Patents
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2010, 01:52:53 AM »
Interesting.

I loved the WarGames reference around 13 minutes into it.

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Re: Documentary on the Absurdity of Software Patents
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2010, 10:49:55 AM »
The solution is simple. Eliminate patents and get rid of the lawyers.
But it wont happen, since most politicians and all judges are lawyers.

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BTW:
What they meant at the end is what would happen if patent where placed on the way music is written. How the 5th symphony would have sound if Beethoven could not use things that were used  and patented before he wrote it.

« Last Edit: April 21, 2010, 11:01:31 AM by rxantos »