i just had the quick urge to post this, when i really should be typing away what happened this weekend and wednesday, and posting pictures and explaining others...
but all this crap about software patents...maybe i should actually write it all out sometime
all the problems it produces, all the stuff software patents are putting the industry, and -- if i may be so bold -- putting the future of the human race through, is very much frightening...
when i go to law school, i may specialize in constitutional or patent law...
patents were intended, in the framing of the constitution, to give
(a)the creator incentive to create (he gets a legal monopoly)
(b)other people the power to innovate further (that monopoly i mentioned...well it's for a LIMITED TIME ONLY))
so patents in that way VERY much help society by encouraging innovation
now, we come to how patents are now:
companies are being formed, and all these companies do, is buy patents...BUY PATENTS from other companies...so people who CONTRIBUTED NOTHING TO SOCIETY will make money off these patents
one more fact:
there are patents on software, and on BUSINESS METHODS like amazon's one-click shopping...you click on a button, you get the item purchased...THIS IS PATENTED!!! but people like microsoft are allowed to use that idea by allowing amazon to use some of their patents...it's a trade-off
so, we have established companies holding patents, and using them to sue other companies, and the only people who are innovating are these large, powerful corporations...
therefore, and here's where i poop my pants,
if individuals innovate, they are VERY likely to be sued...so i am, as an individual, encouraged not to innovate under threat (which is very real) of being sued...check out linux (being sued, also highly innovative), sun (being sued by KODAK!!, highly innovative -- hello, JAVA!!), i could go on and on..
ok so that rant (full of logical holes i'm too lazy to actually plug up) leads to what i see myself as...i am on the brink of entering law school..hopefully a quite good one...i am very interested in patent and constitutional law...america is going to hell in a handbasket over intellectual property and no one realizes it...
it needs fixing...am i the one to do it?
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