Interface Patents = Bad!

From the Beeb via Slashdot:

“Creative boss Sim Wong Hoo has told the BBC he plans to ‘pursue aggressively’ a US patent it owns on a system used to navigate music on digital players.”

“So far Apple has dominated, with its iPod is estimated to account for 80% of sales of digital music players which use hard drives to store music.

Creative has struggled to catch up, being a distant second in the marketplace.”

Does this fool anyone? This instance of abuse illustrates that patents (in their current US incarnation) do not help foster innovation. Creative is trying to do the exact opposite. Since when is litigation a[n] valid ethical business strategy?

These days, I find myself leaning more towards Richard Stallman’s views on the term “intellectual property.”

BBC NEWS | Technology | Apple faces iPod patent dispute


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