Innovation is under heavy attack

Two stories have broken today that are quite alarming. First, Microsoft wants to cut deals with open source developers who are infringing on their patents. And secondly, Alberto Gonzales wants to make it a crime to attempt to infringe on copyright (Techdirt Mike’s take here). All these measures are going to do is put the US in the stone age of innovation. While we grant special parties in the US the right to innovate and experiment, other countries such as China will ignore these rules to further their own quality of life, and out innovate other countries that follow these rules. All other countries should break with US intellectual property cartel ASAP to send a message that this is unacceptable behavior.

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