The ridiculous extremes of bad patents, never ending copyrights, and the seeming willingness of courts to grant exclusive use to quite obvious ideas is one of the more disturbing aspects of our current society. Innovation is smothered, only the largest companies can afford to fight challenges, the whole damn thing is a mess of corporate greed and political short-sightedness.
Fortunately, there are people trying to change laws. I'm certainly not the first or the last person to scream that computer code should never have been patentable, that copyright terms run far too long for many inventions, and that methods (click here to do that) are far too trivial to be offered any protection at all.
It's all gone way too far. It's time to wipe it all out and start fresh.
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