Patents: Baloney and Crookery and Cronyism/Abuse of Power

I recommend seeing this excellent video on patent absurdity. (You will see that the site is actually http://patentabsurdity.com/.)

You can see the abuse with this patent from Apple (and also this NYTimes article, “The Patent, Used as a Sword.”)

Food for thought: did Beethoven or Mozart need to protect their musical tricks and methods? Do they (or anyone) have a right to limit/prevent others from using certain musical twists or melodies? Do chefs these days need to patent recipes? Do they have the right to? [Hint: the answer to all four is a resounding “ABSOLUTELY NOT!”] And imagine if courts ruled in favor of patenting recipes. Then you wouldn’t be able to serve food in particular ways. And you think this is crazy? This is exactly what happens to software and ideas. You can’t do things anymore without asking for permission. It’s almost like asking for permission to breathe whenever someone perfumes the air. Because they spent time and effort to add value to air, you now must pay for it or ask for permission!

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