The recent court case, Eolas v. Microsoft, has prompted the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to issue a statement and launch a public discussion list to consider and contribute to the range of options available. Microsoft indicated to the W3C that it will soon be making changes to its Internet Explorer browser software in response to this ruling. The W3C believes that the changes Microsoft plans may affect "a large number of existing Web pages." That may be the understatement of the year.
As I mentioned before, the current state of US software patent law, not to mention trademarks and copyrights, is potentially devastating to innovation, competition and to consumer rights. Just this week, European economists rejected software patent proposals similar to the liberalized patenting process of the US, saying:
"the proposed directive will provide opportunities and incentives for the construction of extensive portfolios of software patents. The exploitation of these portfolios will have serious detrimental effects on European innovation, growth and competitiveness."
And yet the GOP continues its imperialistic obsession without regard to tidying its own internal affairs. From Lauryn Hill: "how you gonna win when you ain't right within?"