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Subject: RE: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Nokia's tablet
From: Ruben Safir
Cc: "'Steve Milo'" , hangout-at-mrbrklyn.com
Organization: Brooklyn Linux Solutions
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Date: Fri, 27 May 2005 23:11:15 -0400
On Fri, 2005-05-27 at 22:58, rc wrote:
> But they also protect the inventor from getting ripped of by BigMoneyCo.,
> Inc. -- do they not?
As a fact in modern society?
It's an open question. Most inventors today sign away their rights in
exchange for employment. Others, like the inventor of the Television,
they were completely stripped of their invention by RCA. I believe his
name was Armstrong and he committed suicide. What do you do when a
corporate giant is smothering you in legal fees?
In my opinion, if your a single individual, and you have to depend on
the law to protect you in a civil matter, your odds aren't that good.
Your probably better off trying to keep it secret, if possible, but then
how are you going to manufacturer it? It's like that post I sent out a
few days ago from the P2P site where the artist was complaining that his
songs were ripped of by the RIAA members and the FBI refused to help
him, and yet the FBI is busy suing Bit Torrent users in mass for trading
Star Wars Clips.
Regardless, the intent of the law and the facts are entirely different.
In terms of consumers versus inventors, patent and copyrights are
theoretically neutral. Their purpose is to server the public good
through the incentive of a limited monopoly. Businesses, of course,
know limited monopolies are useless, and only unlimited ones really
serve their purpose, hence the warpness of both copyrights and patents