Timothy B. Lee talking about patent lawsuits between Apple and Android handset companies:

The important question isn’t whether such “stealing” occurred, it’s whether we want to live in a world where it’s illegal. Do you want to live in a world where only Apple is allowed to make phones with pinch-to-zoom capability (and dozens of other features) until 2027? I sure don’t.

I can’t say that I disagree with him here. In fact I was just about to write a similar post. While I don’t think Apple is wrong for patenting these things and for using them in lawsuits, it’s the modus operandi for this industry right now, I think we as a society need to question what should be patentable.

I don’t have the answer here, but perhaps we should think about what the answer should be.

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