|In reply to Comment 52 (Darrin):|
> 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 ;-)
But it's the right to patent such stuff that is being questioned. In the SW realm, there's a 1:1 mapping between ideas and implementations. Algorithms cannot be patented, yet once they run on a computer they can, which is completely and utterly absurd.
Computer programs are simply algorithms+data, and none of them can be patented separately, yet when they are put together, and run on a computer, they can.
Moreover, what if I come up with the same idea/implementation as yours, but you are first to patent it? Why would you have any more right than me in getting a patent to that thing, simply because you were first to patent it?
SW-related patents are nonsense, as simple as that.