With all the buzz in the media lately about software patents, I think it’s time to take a good look at how the software patent process needs serious reform before it further stifles creativity in the technology world. Being political isn’t something I like to do on this blog, but this topic along with the recent posts on security really need investigation and some reform with regard to how things are handled.
To draw a corollary to some recent software patent news, imagine if a record label could patent a 1-4-5 chord progression. That would pretty much lock up Blues and Rock music, to a large degree anyway, and would force songwriters, publishers and labels to forego any song using such a progression unless the 1-4-5 license was procured.
Sounds ridiculous, right? You bet it does — because it is! Think for a minute about all the good music you would have missed out on because Continue reading