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[News] Software Patents Called a Problem by VC, Copyright Law Gone Bad Too

  • Subject: [News] Software Patents Called a Problem by VC, Copyright Law Gone Bad Too
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2010 07:53:25 +0000
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Phenomenal Essay On Why Software Patents Are The Problem

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| If there is one thing you read today, go 
| read Brad Burnham at Union Square Ventures 
| excellent essay titled Software patents 
| are the problem not the answer.
| Several years ago when I first started 
| saying things like âsoftware patents are 
| invalid constructsâ or âsoftware shouldnât 
| be able to be patentedâ or âsoftware 
| patents are a huge drag on innovationâ, I 
| was told by many people (lawyers, 
| journalists, patent trolls, and other VCs) 
| that while I might be right, no other 
| venture capitalist would agree with me or 
| support this position.


Tenenbaum: $675,000 is absurd when I caused $21 in losses

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| Joel Tenenbaum, the second P2P defendant 
| to take his case all the way through 
| trial, is on the hook for $675,000 in 
| damages. But according to his lawyer, 
| Tenenbaum only caused the record labels 
| $21 in damages.
| The disparity between these two figures 
| is, in the words of Harvard Law's Charles 
| Nesson, "monstrous and shocking."


Herald ends payments for online content

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| In December 2009, the media company began 
| providing a link for voluntary payment at 
| the end of each online story. ``After 
| evaluating two months of response, we've 
| decided to end the program,'' said Elissa 
| Vanaver, a company vice president and 
| assistant to the publisher. She would not 
| say how much money the effort had raised.


Author Who Claimed $9.99 Not A Real Price For Books Admits Comments Were A Mistake

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| Of course, it looks like the backlash got 
| even stronger following that quote in the 
| NY Times. Robert Ring alerts us to io9's 
| coverage, saying that after the NYT's 
| piece came out, Preston's book started 
| getting one-star reviews on Amazon, with 
| many people mentioning the NY Times quote 
| as a reason not to buy the book. 



Microsoft, Nokia, Amazon, others sued over hardware acceleration

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| A company called Nazomi Communications has
| sued a number of large companies for
| breaching patents it owns on hardware
| acceleration.

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