The Sock Diary

Musings of a part-time Sweaty Sock.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Eolas ActiveX type-sort-of-Patent

Of course, there's another possibility. Microsoft and other browser manufacturers could accept the ruling, and license the technology from Eolas, which would avoid all this clicking and recoding. But by making this announcement, Microsoft has let us know that it doesn't care about how much work you have to do, nor does it care about the millions of users who will be inconvenienced by the changes.

In the Eolas Patent Lawsuit, Users Lose

The article outlines the problem and the various solutions, including painting M$ as the villian of the piece (in this case they're not), but misses out the obvious: Software patents are pants. Laws surrounding software patents are rooted in the previous (and existing) patent law that applies to objects (real world objects, things you can feel). The obvious solution is get the law binned and start from scratch (in both the USA and Europe initially) and work out:

  1. Whether we need software patents (or a derivative of patents)
  2. Whether the current copyright laws handle real life to a level required by the common man/woman. Not the "level" (excuse to print money) by corporates with huge budgets and lawyers to employ, but You and me.

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