response to noisychannel on patents
Before returning to patents, let’s talk about intellectual property rights.
Let’s talk about Facebook.com. My knowledge is that a couple of Harvard guys came up with the idea, didn’t protect it with patents or non-disclosure, revealed it to the founder of Facebook who took it. The rest is history.
Now, let me ask, do the initial Harvard guys deserve anything?
Let’s talk about Scabulous (sp). The copyright owner of Scrabble didn’t even have a single line of code, when a couple of Indian programmers came out with this hit.
The question is… does Scrabble have copyright and trademark rights, when it hadn’t written a single line of online code, and actually deterred those who did?