Software patents underlie a novel open source business model (video)
Posted by: Anonymous
on March 30, 2008 10:30 AM
Ideas will "get out there" more quickly and help society if they aren't encumbered by patents. The best thing that can happen to an idea is that no artificial monopolies are imposed on it, so it can be spread around with zero restrictions. The only reason the GPL is good is because copyrights exist, and in the same light the only reason this idea may be good is if it applies the same reverse-thinking that the GPL does for copyright law but applies them to patents, and if this is the case, if I understood this video correctly, the only reason this is good is also merely because of the existence of patent laws.
Get rid of software (and all, IMO) patents, and you solve this problem. It's a war that no one should have to fight. Lawyers already make enough money.