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Submission + - Software patents: Broken system or needed for innovation? (

eburnette writes: "This week I'm debating legal expert Steven Shaw on the pros and cons of software patents. Steven argues if we didn't have patents "there would be a radical contraction in software development". I'm arguing that the patent system is a minefield for developers that is "broken, unfair, and ultimately self-defeating". I know many Slashdot readers have strong opinions on software patents so I'd like to invite them to come vote and help me pound Steven's arguments into the, er, I mean, engage in an intellectually stimulating and thoughtful discussion."
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Software patents: Broken system or needed for innovation?

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Do not simplify the design of a program if a way can be found to make it complex and wonderful.