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Author Topic: The White House Asks: What's Blocking Innovation in America? Answer: IP Laws  (Read 1736 times)

zridling

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The White House is asking us to give them ideas on what is blocking innovation in America. I thought I'd give them an honest answer. Here it is: Current intellectual property laws are blocking innovation.

President Obama just set a goal of wireless access for everyone in the US, saying it will spark innovation. But that's only true if people are allowed to actually do innovative things once they are online.

You have to choose. You can prop up old business models with overbearing intellectual property laws that hit innovators on the head whenever they stick their heads up from the ground; OR you can have innovation. You can't have both. And right now, the balance is away from innovation.

Let's take some specific examples to show why that is so. When Napster first showed up, it was innovative. Heaven knows it changed the world. And instead of letting this creativity flourish, make money, and create jobs, the law was used to kill it. And kill it it did. The law is still trying to kill or at least marginalize peer-to-peer technology, and so it has never been used to the full.

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And Pamela Jones goes on to name names and detail many examples. An educating read indeed.
http://www.groklaw.n...ory=2011021108493059

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Last year I had a run-in with the fiasco that is the software patent system when someone threatened me with legal action based on software they claimed they created almost a year after mine had been made publicly and freely available.

It is an absolute travesty what is going on with software patents.

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+1

It's a broken system, but it won't change. There are very powerful vested interests that will make sure it stays broken.

There is no hope...
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I just read the article. Very compelling arguments against software patents and IP Laws!


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After stupidity, I'd definitely agree it's wrangling over IP legalities.

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It's a broken system, but it won't change. There are very powerful vested interests that will make sure it stays broken.

There is no hope...

That is so negative.

Of course it will change, patent protection times will get longer and longer at the behest of patent lawyers and big corporations....oh...wait....

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It's a broken system, but it won't change. There are very powerful vested interests that will make sure it stays broken.

There is no hope...

That is so negative.

Of course it will change, patent protection times will get longer and longer at the behest of patent lawyers and big corporations....oh...wait....

Bwahahahaha~! :D

You're right... It will change~!

Sigh... No hope...

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Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong. - John Diefenbaker