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Thesis #95

In the spirit of Martin Luther, this is the beginning of my Ninety-Five Theses on why software patents are evil. I can only dream that these theses will be a catalyst or impact change.

In the spirit of David Letterman, I’m counting backwards. It’ll take me 95 iterations to figure out how to articulate what my number one reason is 🙂

Patents are a form of a temporary monopoly granted by the government to encourage research and innovation. One rationale for encouragement is that R&D can be extremely expensive, and without protections in place, expensive R&D won’t happen.

Software flunks this rationale. What other R&D can happen in a coffee shop for the price of one laptop?