02.23.12

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Everything is a Remix Covers Software Patents

Posted in Patents, Videos at 11:39 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: The final part of “Everything is a Remix”

Everything is a Remix Part 4 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

As one pro-Apple site puts it (yes, pro-Apple, ironically):

In case you haven’t seen it yet, the fourth episode of Kirby Ferguson’s “Everything is a Remix” series went live in mid-February on Ferguson’s site. As in the previous three episodes in the series, Ferguson examines modern attitudes toward “intellectual property” and how these attitudes rather counterintuitively stifle creativity rather than fostering it.

Part 4 of “Everything is a Remix” deals largely with the contentious subject of software patents, a subject we’ve covered many times here at TUAW. According to Ferguson, 62 percent of all patent lawsuits are now over software patents, and he estimates the total wealth “lost” (read: siphoned off from “infringing” companies and individuals towards patent holders and their lawyers) at half a trillion dollars.

“We’ve always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”

Steve Jobs

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6 Comments

  1. Michael said,

    February 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm

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    Still no comment from Roy about his view on plagiarism.

    For or against, Roy? And if you are not willing to speak out against plagiarism, and even blame those work against it, what does that say about your degrees?

    You just have no response for this. None. You run.

  2. Michael said,

    February 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm

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    Ok, I admit I wrote the above before seeing the video. Overall I think the video makes some decent points – though it also takes some things out of context, misses the point in other areas, and trivializes the problem of plagiarism.

    But, sure, if you accept what the video says completely, even ignoring those flaws, in 10-15 years Google can copy the current Apple iOS stuff. But not now. That is pretty much implied in the video.

    So you openly arguing against the main gist of the video when you support Google’s plagiarism. I wish, Roy, you would watch this video, understand it well enough to see its flaws and also show you understand the main point about how the protections are there for a reason.

    You show no understanding of that. Over and over and over. It is amazing.

  3. mcinsand said,

    February 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm

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    Roy,

    WOW! ‘Remix’ is the perfect word, especially for Apple. Of course they use BSD, where they can take and copy without contributing back. How else would they be able to take enough from FOSS to repackage into iOS?

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Apple would have titled this series “Everything is a Ripoff”. Unless you asked Apple 30 years ago..

    Michael Reply:

    Ah, Roy’s argument-though-his-own-fiction.

    A shame he cannot back his views with data and facts.

    And a shame he will not directly state his support for plagiarism. Sure, he is a huge supporter – but even he knows to admit to such directly would make his BS too obviously wrong.

    Not even Roy believes his claims.

    Michael Reply:

    When Jobs talking about taking ideas he was talking more about “remixing” – getting ideas from different disciplines and putting them together.

    This is completely different than open plagiarism. Of note: Roy refuses to state his position on plagiarism… directly. He repeatedly shows his complete and total support for the practice.

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