|In reply to Comment 52 (Darrin):|
>I even can't afford to pay those licenses.
If you can't pay the license than don't develop it. "I can't aford it" is no excuse for stealing something in a court of law ;-)
Don't get me wrong here: It's not my intention to steal something (property must be protected!). Qusetion is: What is a property? Are Thoughts a property?
Look if some company uses their patents to ask for to high royalties then it becomes difficult to develop something. Let's assume I am trying to create some easy usb device (it's not my profession, just a hobby). Say an adapter for a psx game pad to usb (I know those devices are available and I don't do this..). There is no magic in such a development, nothing to patent (the idea is mine, maybe some others had the same idea, but only because some other had the idea earlier than me it should be forbidden that I have the same idea? Thoughts are free!). But what will I as a private person do if Sony or - more realistic - some twilight company with an army of lawers just jumps in and claims that device hits some patents of them and they want a lot of cash? I as a private person can't affort it to fight a law suite and I can't affort it to fight against the ammount of royalties the patent holder is asking. Therefore I come to the conclusion I will not develop such a device... Sad, isn't it?
And remember the idea with the psx gamepad is just an example, I do not state my real plans here, because I am afraid my thoughts leak to somewhere and someone uses them to make a patent out of it. Yes, we are that far that I became that paranoid. It is very sad that it is like that.