Summary: The wonders of “innovation” show their ever-so-wonderful benefit to society yet again (the application above died from software patents)
LAST year we wrote about a GIMP plug-in that had died after intimidation from a software patent holder. Now we learn that City Caller ID is declared dead shortly after its arrival.
I don’t have the time or money to license this technology and use it from Cequint.
Watch the the company’s Web site. It seems like the company’s only ‘product’ is a patent on caller ID. Shame on the patent system and shame on Google (the Android company) for supporting software patents.
Guy Who Makes Simple Caller ID App For Android Forced To Shut Down Due To Patent Threat
Seriously, can any patent supporter explain with a straight face how patents like this promote progress? What kind of incentive does a patent create in this case? Can you honestly claim that this kind of monopoly was necessary to “invent” a way to match a phone number to a city?
Help abolish software patents today. They are ruining the digital world that our lives depend on. █