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#1 .josh



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Posted 09 November 2013 - 09:03 PM

(posted on behalf of Eric Rosebrock)

I know most of our developers use our forums, but for those on Facebook, I want to let you know that as a software developer you may one day be served with a patent infringement for even the simplest thing such as a Login System or a CSS Tag.

You need to beware that this can and WILL happen, and it's going to be an uphill battle for you to try and win. Patent Trolling has affected many Open Source Developers in a way that ruins their lives, their creativity, and their workmanship not to mention innovation.

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 10:35 PM

Patents were first created so that the person who had the idea first can benefit from it, but they were never meant to be permanent, all the laws appended got ridiculous.


If ask me, the patent system should be abolished, places like China for one don't abide by them, many on the inside cheat the system.


I'm sure is a few people out there that know someone or tried themselves to apply for a patent and got denied or delayed, all of a sudden there is your idea in another persons hands.


Patents limit technology, imagination and innovation.

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 10:52 PM

Only I, myself, can limit my imagination. I respect proprietaries and always credit open source.


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