The minority, in this instance, is correct: software patents have an important role to play. Right and wrong are not determined by vote.
Steven Shaw used to be a litigation attorney at Cravath, Swaine &gMoore, a New York law firm, and is now the online community managergfor eGullet.org and the Director of New Media Studies at thegInternational Culinary Center.
There are improvements that can be made to the patent system, but they are the same types of incremental improvements every large system needs. Scrapping the system is just a bad idea.
Given that we're progressing toward a society that makes its money through products of the mind not of the factory, our economic health depends on incentivizing our best and brightest to innovate, by making innovation a reliable way to accumulate wealth.
The hardware/software distinction is another of those oft-repeated but intellectually nonsensical distinctions that we need to do away with if we are to have an intelligent discussion about software patents.
The Department of Justice is breaking up a conspiracy. The only problem is that the whole point of this conspiracy is to defeat a monopoly. So the DOJ winds up supporting a monopoly. Nice.
If Facebook wants to buy Instagram, just let it happen.
When I'm stumped by geopolitical challenges and I ask myself "What organization can really get the job done?" my answer is always "The United Nations."
Think the United States government has a chance in hell of beating Google's legal team? Think again.
Why should you pay for your porn instead of downloading it illegally? Because the consequences of doing so could be costly.