|In reply to Comment 47 (Darrin):|
Don't you think the current author's copyrhights are enough?
I can't afford to search for potential patents I violate when designing my usb devices (easy things). I even can't afford to pay those licenses. let's just take that gif patent again. It waas licensable in batches but not in small numbers. if I write an application here in university for our internal use which needs to process gifs (say I got gifs as raw material) I just can't pay the license. Our bughet is too small. Should I really stop my research?
I assure I see teh aspects that one must get benefit from his/her work, but softwarepatents are just not the right way. It's too obvious that abuse will be too much. Wait until the day one patents thinking, if you can't pay the license you'll have to live a dumb life.
Another story are patents on natural goods (e.g. plants -> some companies are patenting natural plants because the developed some application on basis of that plant. That just must not happen (I am a biologist I know the raesons of thst companies -> i developed an application on basis of chick peas do I have the right to patent chick peas then? No ,no and another no!!!)
Darrin read again the http://swpat.ffii.org/index.en.html Something IS wrong with that patents. Witht the exististing methods it's just possible to protect your work, no need to change that law.