Software Patents Are Bullshit


Patents are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution for a single purpose: to promote the progress of science and useful arts.“ Alas, when it comes to software, it is difficult to imagine a system worse at this than the current one.

Everyone knows this–and most people will readily admit it–but no one, with the possible eventual exception of the SupremeCourt, is willing to do anything about it. No one is sufficiently incentivized to fix a system which hurts everyone a little while helping a handful of trolls and corporations a lot. Even people and organizations who would benefit from radical reform have been so traumatized by the status quo they now have an irrational fear of change.

And so: „Two days ago, Bank of America was granted a patent on [nmap].“ Patent war goes nuclear: Microsoft, Apple-owned ‚Rockstar‘ sues Google.“ „Google sues to…

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