By "our country" I mean the U.S.A...I do actually realize the internet crosses national boundries. But it just sounds better to say "our country" :-)
I was having lunch with a friend today and we were talking about brain drain. Already, if you want the really cool electronics, you have to buy them direct from Taiwan or Hong Kong, because patents are keeping so many basic technologies locked up.
It's sad that this is the case. Copyright has the same issue--both are artificially keeping entrenched interests in power, and denying entry to new players--which is the exact opposite of the purpose of "intellectual property".
If we don't fix this very soon, the U.S. is going to start a serious decline in arts and technology on the world stage.
Jesus, what a travesty.
Here's the latest outrage:
Just check out that amazing technology that Microsoft supposedly infringed!
Mind you, if there's anyone who deserves such a lawsuit, it's definitely Microsoft, who's been extorting money from Android phone makers for years now.
Fuck them all.