Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1 Tech at Night: Dodd-Frank kills innovation, Cybersecurity marches on . . . . 
    CU's Tallest Midget! PoliCon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Pittsburgh PA
    Posts
    25,328
    Posted by Neil Stevens (Profile)

    Monday, May 16th at 9:00PM EDT
    No Comments

    Tech at Night

    Good evening. Care for your latest dose of regulation crushes innovation and competition? If you’re unhappy about the lack of innovation in America for mobile payments like they have in Japan, blame the Dodd-Frank bill. It prevented the wireless industry from getting together and making it happen. But we sure stuck it to the bankers, eh? Our faces are sure spited from cutting off our noses like that.

    Of course, that doesn’t stop the Democrats from continuing to try to take power. If it’s not the PROTECT IP bill to institute national censorship of the Internet, it’s the continuing push to insert government with “cybersecurity” as the wedge. Never let a crisis go to waste. This time it’s the Playstation Network, but anything will do. This is the party that brought you the Clipper Chip designed to let the government spy on any encrypted data in America. When they say cybersecurity they mean their security, not yours or mine.

    Slow Monday, so I’ll close with a story of a patent. I’ve been saying in this space that the only reason to keep patents around is to help the small inventor be protected from large companies or even entire cross-licensed industries. If it can’t do that, then it’s failing and will only stifle innovation rather than encourage it. The story of Lodsys demonstrates that we still have work to do.

    Lodsys, you see, doesn’t make things. It doesn’t sell products. It doesn’t produce value. It is a firm designed solely to sue people over patents and shake down actual producers for money. Companies like these are reasonable when they invent things, but Lodsys doesn’t actually invent things. It holds patents for obvious things that the entire industry does. That is, Lodsys is a patent troll.

    Normally Patent Trolls go after deep pockets hoping for a settlement. Not Lodsys, though. Lodsys is going after everybody, including small time software developers. One man operations who certainly cannot afford to defend themselves from dedicated teams of lawyers trained to harass society’s productive people. These people, if pushed hard enough, won’t have the luxury of Going Galt. They’ll just go out of business. They won’t have a choice. This they will do even if they’re not actually infringing on the patent in question, because the little guy cannot afford to fight back.

    As a result, people are angry. Is there a chance this will be the case that finally changes the laws? Maybe. Probably not. But I hope so.

    PS If anyone tried a comment at RedState as condescending and trollish as that comment on the Lodsys website, I’d be looking for any excuse to ban. There’s not a shred of good faith in anything Lodsys does. The system is broken, and Lodsys has a business model of explotation of that broken system. Software patents aren’t the problem: a system that allows ideas, not inventions, to be patented is the problem. A system that allows obvious ideas to be patented is the problem. A system that prices out the little guy from defending himself, either as the patent holder or as the alleged infringer, is the problem.

    I support patents, but I demand patent reform.

    http://www.redstate.com/neil_stevens...tent-trolling/
    Stand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  2. #2  
    Senior Member txradioguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Bavaria
    Posts
    8,066
    I saw something about Lodsys on the IIRC MacRumors website.

    They are going after developers on the AppStore and suring them over the "upgrade" button on free software.

    That's right Lodsys is suing app developers over the little button that allows you to upgrade form a free version to a paid version of an app on your iPhone/iPad/iPod.

    In Memory Of My Friend 1st Sgt. Tim Millsap A Co, 70th Eng. Bn. 3rd Bde 1st AD...K.I.A. 25 April 2005

    Liberalism Is The Philosophy Of The Stupid

    To Achieve Ordered Liberty You Must Have Moral Order As Well

    The libs/dems of today are the Quislings of former years. The cowards who would vote a fraud into office in exchange for handouts from the devil.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  3. #3  
    Senior Member txradioguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Bavaria
    Posts
    8,066
    In Memory Of My Friend 1st Sgt. Tim Millsap A Co, 70th Eng. Bn. 3rd Bde 1st AD...K.I.A. 25 April 2005

    Liberalism Is The Philosophy Of The Stupid

    To Achieve Ordered Liberty You Must Have Moral Order As Well

    The libs/dems of today are the Quislings of former years. The cowards who would vote a fraud into office in exchange for handouts from the devil.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  4. #4  
    CU's Tallest Midget! PoliCon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Pittsburgh PA
    Posts
    25,328
    Quote Originally Posted by txradioguy View Post
    I saw something about Lodsys on the IIRC MacRumors website.

    They are going after developers on the AppStore and suring them over the "upgrade" button on free software.

    That's right Lodsys is suing app developers over the little button that allows you to upgrade form a free version to a paid version of an app on your iPhone/iPad/iPod.

    The fact that this kind of bullshit is even possible makes me want to see all lawyers dead.
    Stand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
    Reply With Quote  
     

Bookmarks
Bookmarks
Posting Permissions
  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •